Prince Camp

And the Loss of Chivalry

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We registered our daughter for Pre-K summer camp this year. Among the programs to choose from we selected Math, Science, Baking, and Princess Camp. We knew she would want to have some royal lessons in proper tea, dressup, and all things Princess Sophia.

When I was walking her in to the camp, she asked me if there would be any boys there, you know Princes. I told her that I didn’t think so and wasn’t surprised to see the camp filled with little girls waiting to have the best day of that week.

Curious, I checked the list to see if there was a Prince Camp offered to boys. There was none. I Googled to see if any summer camp was offering Prince classes. I found a few soley related to dance. But I was interested in a camp that would actually teach boys lessons in chivalry, how to respect girls, and what it means to serve others as a boy. What I discovered to my surprise is that the counterpart to Princess camp is mainly Pirate camp.

I get it. Boys would rather be pirates. But what’s the message being sent here? As young as three years old, we are telling girls they should follow certain social norms of what’s expected of a Princess; how to dress, how to speak, and how to serve. Yet, we tell boys it’s okay to act like and admire law breaking, murdurous criminals.

Am I just exaggerating?

I’m not saying that these camps are enforcing this, but I do find it interesting that when we look at the male/female dichotomy from an aerial view, women end up being the ones responsible for the unruly men.

I wouldn’t mind having a Prince Camp for boys to balance this out. I’m sure it can be just as fun as Pirate Camp, but enforce some of the necessary lessons boys should learn about how to view women.

Just a thought…

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