Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The Fun Suckers Are At It Again
That's what my daughter calls people who "suck the fun" out of something - and in this case it is the term is aimed at people who are forbidding kids from doing what it is that kids usually do; play school yard games.
This time the fun suckers are in New York State are suggesting that kids not play the deadly game of .... freeze tag ... in summer camp.
Honestly, how about we bubble wrap our children before we send them out of the door?
So anyway, a bunch of idiot bureaucrats who probably sucked at dodgeball or never got picked to play kickball in school, are striking back with an edict for new state regulations for summer day camps that declares that freeze tag, Wiffle Ball, kickball and dodgeball all pose a "significant risk of injury." Additionally, Capture the Flag, Steal the Bacon and Red Rover are also deemed dangerous along with the risky recreational activities which include archery, scuba diving and horseback riding.
Oh, but these are only "guidelines" for camps.
The fun suckers have also decided that any program that offers two or more organized recreational activities - with at least one of them being on "the risky list" would categorize that program as a summer camp, which of course would subject the program to a slew of state regulations. They would then have to pay a $200 fee to register as a summer camp and provide medical staff. Nice huh?
It appears that these kids going to summer camp (or other summer programs) in New York State will be getting ready to become senior citizens very early in life as they embark on a summer filled with bingo, card games, and gluing felt on cardboard. Better yet, the kids can play video games and eat junk food, get fat and acquire diabetes over their summer vacation! They will probably be installing Wii's in summer camps so kids can pretend to "do something physical" without actually being physical.
It's all part of the war on childhood.
The fun suckers seek to prevent children from expending energy and having fun, and then they wonder why kids become restless, bored, depressed, anxious and unable to take risks in life.
No worries though, those fun suckers will also have prescription medication they can offer kids for those problems.
But cheer up, I hear you can play Dodgeball on your Iphone.
UPDATE: It appears that those nanny state bureaucrats in NY are backing down. That was reported in the Daily Mail as well.