The City of Miami Beach runs outstanding summer camps for children. The programming is safe, fun and economical. The staff who work with the children are devoted to making sure the children are safe and having fun. The children go on adventure trips, learn new sports and explore their creativity.
That is why it upsets me to see good quality programming and dedicated staff blemished by ineptitude and poor management as exemplified by last Sunday’s Summer Camp Quest held at the Scott Rakow Youth Center, 2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach.
Personally, I am surprised that Parks & Recreation Director John Rebar was not at the parks’ biggest event of the year. Several thousand Miami Beach residents were there and spent four or more hours to register their child for summer camp. I was there at 8:20 a.m. — eighth in line for an 11 a.m. registration start. I did not complete registration until after 2 p.m. I was in good company. A police captain, district judge and hundreds of other parents gave up a good part of their day, too, for no good reason except a poorly managed, poorly executed registration process.
In recent years, parents could register their children in 15 minutes. But I do remember when my boys were little that I had spent half a day in line to register them for camp in a similar type fiasco. To me, it says they finally got it right and now reverted to chaos.
Please give relief to working parents and make registering children for great camps once again an easier process!
Joan Tamen, Miami Beach
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