Best Summer Camp Care Package!

Make the Best Summer Camp Care Package!

Summer camp is in full swing. Time to send some love from home! Here are 5 tips.

summer-camp1 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)

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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!
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Rockbrook Camp, NC – Click to view!

You’ll need:

Reading light

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

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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.
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You’ll need:

Mad Libs

Puzzles

Friendship bracelet kits

travel boggle

A deck of cards and some instructions for kid-friendly games!

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Memories — Your child will meet lots of new friends. Help them keep in touch
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You’ll need:

autograph books/ address book for all the new friends they’re making

waterproof disposable cameras

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Decorative fun – A classic bonding ritual!
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You’ll need:

temporary tattoos

nail polish in wild colors

markers/ pencils/ paper

an origami kit

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Let them know you want to hear from them!
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“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!”

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Camp Essentials — they may have used up all of the sunblock (hopefully). Replenish!
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You’ll need:

Sunblock

Sun glasses — they will lose or break theirs!

Bug spray

Flashlight or batteries for the one they have.

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What’s in your care package? Does your kid’s camp have strict rules about them?  Let us know! www.facebook.com/kidnimble  or www.twitter.com/kidnimble 

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About John Russo

Brooklyn native moving to Granville, Ohio. John and his wife, Maia, have a 3 year old son. Maia teaches New Testament and Early Christianity. John is most often found in the role of the Man in the Yellow Hat, one of Batman's sidekicks, or a Neverland Pirate.

One comment on “Best Summer Camp Care Package!

  1. My daughter loved the wilderness-inspired “daily jokes” my husband sent in his letters to her. Q: How do you catch a squirrel? A: Climb up a tree and act like a nut. Q: What has antlers and sucks blood? A: A moose-quito. The jokes were great ice breakers.

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