Live Blogging a Summer Camp Registration - Page 2
This is the final of my many camp sign ups this year. With ten weeks of summer and two kids, I could sign up for twenty different weekly summer camps and be subjected to this type of sign-up abuse and life disruption twenty separate times.
In my peripheral vision I notice the Waiting Room tab blinked! Hey, it's time for me to register! OK, I think, I'll only be a few minutes late to my class. Oh, look how handy it is that my username and password are already entered! Joy! I just have to click "Sign In," fill it out, pay, and get going to my class. Five minutes, tops.
But wait, they are not accepting my username and password, so now I'm waiting for an email to arrive with my password information. I repeatedly, OCD-ishly, click send/receive and get nothing. I check my junk mail. Nothing. It's 10:30am. My class is starting now and the teacher is probably wondering where I am. It will take me 20 minutes to get there once my sign-up is done. I'll be extra pissed off if my son doesn't get in. Then what will I do with him that week in June? His friends are signing up that same week and his sister has a camp nearby. Crap. OK, I won't let my thoughts go there. I'll click send/receive again and see if I got an email with the golden password.
Oh, great, send/receive error. Lovely. I decide instead to try many different passwords, just like Chloe does for Jack Bauer on episodes of 24. I think I can crack it. None work. If this were the TV series, I'd get a giant red all-caps "DENIED" message on my screen. Other kids are getting the spot I want.
The crazy thing is that this typifies the sign-up process for many summer camps. One summer camp at an organic farm had such a kludgy and lame sign-up process, it took me about 45 minutes for each child. Then, when I tried to purchase my session, it kept rejecting a part of my credit card information. After about 20 submissions, and worrying I was charged 20 times, it finally went through. I'd already left a phone message and sent an email to the camp director about my problem. Then, I had to follow up on those. After all that, I had to fill out four pages of paper registration forms and mail them!Continued on the next page