This is one of those issues that bugs me. I'd like to seek others input. So I am going to pose it as my Thursday's Question. Except it is Friday. So it is going to be Thursday's Question on Friday.
This is all about activities for school age kiddos. In my case these kids are in high school. Occasionally the school will have an activity for the kids that costs money. Most of the time it is just a dollar or two. But there have been times when it is more than $20. It doesn't happen very often at school, but it happens!
What even gripes me more than is the youth group at the kids' church. They ALWAYS have activities going on that cost money. Sometimes it is around $10 each (which is $20 for us) but sometimes it is as much as $325 for a week helping churches and people in other states. Called a Mission Trip. The money helps to pay for the food, transportation, etc. during that week. They need extra money for meals while on the road. Many of the 'extra' activities during the school year involve extra money. They will have movie and a dinner night ($20. each) or a trip for snacks (suggested amount $10 each) I have voiced concerns with these types of activities and have heard "if we don't offer special kinds of things the teens won't come to church". Sadly, I expect that is true.
So they have Mission Trips, Ski trips, Summer Camp, Dinner/Movie nights, Fast Food lunches in the summer (one day a week), trips to other cities and it goes on and on and on.
Now for my question....
What is your opinion on activities that cost money? And what if you can't afford it? Do you make your kids skip? Or would you allow them to use the "offered scholarship" for the poor kids?? My inquiring mind would like to know!