The Real Cost of Sleepaway Camp

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-06-15T18:11:12Z

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Little Luxuries

These days, specialty items are de rigueur for your camper, says Barbara Bailey, owner of camping store Bee Bee Designs in Livingston, N.J. Bailey says her average summer camp order comes to $1,500. Among such items:

$24: Stuffed Sock Monkey "surprise"-- a stuffed monkey that will delight your kid when the trunk is opened --
$32: Big Hug stuffed pillow --
$25: Box of All Duct Out duct tape for art projects -- just like regular duct tape but multicolored --

Running tally: $14, 752