Chick-fil-A’s summer camp for young children sparks heated discussion

A Chick-fil-A in Louisiana has caused quite the stir by offering its youngest patrons a unique way to spend their summer.

For $35, parents can send their children to one of the fast food chain’s locations in Hammond, Louisiana, where they will get a behind-the-scenes look at the restaurant as well as “some time with the Chick-fil-A Cow and Chick-fil-A Team Leaders.”

The franchisee – all Chick-fil-As are individually owned and operated – announced the summer day camp with a flyer on Facebook.

“We are excited to announce our very first Chick-fil-A Summer Camp,” the post read.

The camp is suggested for kids ages 5-12 and runs for six days in the middle of July. Those who sign up will attend one, three-hour session led by Chick-fil-A team leaders.

The $35 fee also includes one kid’s meal, a T-shirt, name tag, and “some goodies.”

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While the idea proved to be so popular the location had to increase the initial number of sessions they planned to offer from three to six, many people were wary of the idea.

“This is horrifying. You are getting parents to pay you for forced labor.”

“Every parent who signed their child up should be ashamed of themselves for promoting child labor like this”

“Do your employees have training in child care?”

“I reported to the state and federal labor board. Everyone here should too.”

A Chick-fil-A representative told ABC News the summer camp was not a corporate program, however there is a location in Houston that has been offering the same camp for several years. The representative also stated children would not be making any food or doing any work of an employee.

What do you think of this idea? Is it something different and fun or would you be cautious about sending your child to something like this?

Sound off in the comments!


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