My daughter is dramatic.
There’s lots of drama in our home.
So, I decided to enroll her in a week-long Drama Camp this summer.
Her excitement is palpable. That girl could win an Oscar.
The camp is hosted by this really great Christian drama program. I took my older kids to see their latest musical, Beauty in the Beast, three weeks ago. I was very impressed.
The summer camp will be held in a local church, in the Sanctuary.
I got an email confirming my daughter’s registration. The email also outlined the camp dress code.
Here is the drama camp dress code:
- Absolutely NO stomachs showing.
- You must be able to lift your arms up and stretch without showing skin.
- No spaghetti straps or tank tops.
- No girl gym shorts or other short shorts.
- Longer shorts are okay.
- No skirts above the knee
- No underwear showing, even when you bend over.
- No bra straps showing, or see through shirts.
- Tank tops or camisoles are suggested for wearing under anything thin or see through.
- No extremely low, tight, or gaping shirts
- Swimwear must be modest (no two piece swimsuits, please) for the last day, which is Water Day.
Literally as I read this list, my bra strap slipped from under my tank top. Boy, did I suddenly feel trashy.
First of all, before any of you wonder where I stand on this, I was impressed that this Christian organization was so proactive and demanded high standards.
We live in Texas. And the dictionary defines Texas as HOT, like Africa. Oh, yeah, just check.
And so, dress code can be sketchy. Even for Christians.
My daughter is 8. Most of her shorts are short. She wears tanks. And, brace yourself, she’s sporting a bikini this summer.
But we don’t do half or strapless shirts. I don’t like for her belly to show and she’s very self-conscious about even the band of her underwear showing, so really short things are out.
If you were to ask me, I’d say modesty is important to me.
But after I read this, I knew I hadn’t really thought it through thoroughly or shopped accordingly.
I mean, will she want to wear a bikini 4 or 5 years from now because I let her now?
I know there will be differing opinions from both ends of the spectrum on this and I can’t wait to read what you’ve got to say.
Bottom line for me (and I don’t expect everyone to agree): I want to raise modest daughters who love their bodies and don’t feel the need to show it off.
And, I’m pretty sure I can do better (although I won’t be banning tank tops anytime soon)!
Oh, and I’ve got a little shopping to do.
Food for the Soul:
I Timothy 2:9, “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety …”