I guess I shouldn't be surprised at this, but my Dub sister told me this morning that at the meeting last night, they had a "local needs" about whether or not "Christian" parents should enroll their kids in any summer camps, or recreational activities that colleges and universities offer each year. The list of activities the kids can do are numerous and to me, they are an excellent source that could really help develop a child's talents, expose them to the wonders of science, art, engineering, etc., develop skills that would obviously be of benefit to them both now and in later life, and give them a chance to meet new friends from other schools in the area.
Anyway, while not out and out forbidding it, these activities are being very much frowned upon. I mean, why would you want your child to develop a taste for engineering or computer graphics, when they could be PIONEERING with you this summer?? (this is going on the assumption that the mother doesn't work outside the home and WILL be pioneering this summer). Given the "short amount of time left in this System of Things", wouldn't "be wiser" for parents to chose their children's activities "wisely"?? And of course, there's the potential horror of letting your children get to know non-Witness kids and forming friendships with them. What will you do if your child is then invited to a birthday party? Wouldn't you be better off encouraging your child to form friendships within the congregation and with youths who "put Jehovah first"?
I find it utterly nauseating that they are discouraging more and more, ANY unnecessary contact with "worldly" people. These programs offered to the kids are fantastic and yet how many Witness kids will not get the opportunity to experience these activities, because they'll be dragged from door to frigging door this summer with their mothers, fortelling everyone's doom unless they join the Borg.
It's no wonder that so many JW youths are depressed. Any natural potential for creativity they may have is being squashed down and locked away by the senile old goats in charge. You're not allowed to do ANYTHING that might be fun, or express your talents. It just makes me sick. Even my Dub sister does not agree with their attitude on this and can see that there's a major problem within the Organization..........I really, really hope that at least some Witness parents, will ignore this stupid "council", and will enroll their kids in these programs anyway.