Make the Best Summer Camp Care Package!
Summer camp is in full swing. Time to send some love from home! Here are 5 tips.
1 Check with the camp rules!! Many camps don’t allow sugary snacks. Some don’t allow phones (not that you’d send a phone!), handheld electronic game devices, or even any toys! Be sure you’re not scuttling in contraband!
2 Camps are full of great activities, but most have some serious downtime, where campers get to talk, bond, and learn a new skill that they’d never pick up at home. Give them the opportunity by sending an origami kit or paper airplane book!
3 Check with other parents! What were the hot items last year? What got passed around? A great graphic novel? Glow in the dark bracelets?
4 If there’s a “no care package” policy, don’t fret! Send notes, letters, pictures.
5 Embrace the break!! Most camps help kids think outside of their super-connected day-to-day life. So, social media sites, smartphones, constant texts from loving parents — these can all hinder the really important developmental tasks that camp helps your child strengthen. (for more on child development, see our post here)
Here’s our Best Summer Camp Care Package list.
Reading — Summer camp group activities are fun! But there’s something sublime about reading with a flashlight, or during downtime. Nature and books are a beautiful pair!
Does your kid love a book series? Include the newest book!
Not sure what they’d like? Check out our summer reading list (click to see)
Their favorite magazine
Small games — Laughing with friends at camp is a singular experience. The sillier the better. Often, this happens spontaneously over some small activity like a game.
Friendship bracelet kits
A deck of cards and some instructions for kid-friendly games!
Memories — Your child will meet lots of new friends. Help them keep in touch
autograph books/ address book for all the new friends they’re making
waterproof disposable cameras
Decorative fun – A classic bonding ritual!
nail polish in wild colors
markers/ pencils/ paper
an origami kit
Let them know you want to hear from them!
“Write back!” — Listen, we can’t guarantee that they’ll write back. We can only hope they’re having so much fun that they can’t get a minute to write it all down. However, you can include a nice hint that you’d like to hear from the little person you brought into this world and raised, by including:
Fun postcards and stamps
A note? “Love to hear from you!”
Camp Essentials — they may have used up all of the sunblock (hopefully). Replenish!
Sun glasses — they will lose or break theirs!
Flashlight or batteries for the one they have.