many camps, letters, email and care packages are the main mode of communication
for parents to connect with campers. Care packages can help
parents feel more connected to their kids, and help kids know that their
parents are thinking of them.
you send your summer camp care package, make sure you know the rules of the
camp. For example, Pali Adventures does not allow food to be sent in summer
camp care packages. You will also want to avoid electronics, valuables and
other items that your child won’t be able to enjoy while at camp.
on for a list of summer camp care package ideas to send to your child.
With Care Packages, Keep It Light
pack anything that will make your child miss home. Sentimental photos, notes
about how much you miss them, and nostalgic blankets or stuffed animals should
all be avoided.
accompany your summer camp care package with a simple card or note that lets
your child know how happy you are that they are having a blast at camp. Include
pre-stamped envelopes, paper, and writing utensils so that your child can send
a reply letter if they want. Check out our blog post for ideas on how to write the perfect camp letter to your child.
The More Personal, the Better
sure to include something to enrich your child’s experience. At Pali
Adventures, kids participate in a wide variety of special activities like magic,
movie makeup, and Wacky Science. You may want to send something that directly
relates to what they’ve been doing at camp. If they’ve enjoyed their time in the
Magic specialty, send them a magic trick
or a book on magic.Not only will this fuel their
interests at camp, this can also be a good conversation starter and something
to share with other campers.
sure to respond to any letters home that you’ve received, and ask them about
their time at camp: new friends, activities, or their favorite counselor.
Something to Share
something in your care package that your child can share with friends and
cabin-mates. Playing cards, a travel size board game, Frisbee, stickers, coloring
books and other crafts and activities are great ideas for getting your child
out and interacting with other kids at camp. If your camp holds a water war or
allows raids, as Pali Adventures does, sending back-up water balloons and cans
of shaving cream will arm your camper for even more fun.
simple things that can be purchased at the dollar store like beads and string
will allow your child to make bracelets or necklaces and will allow everyone in
the cabin to return home with a fun keepsake. Mad Libs is another great idea
for getting your child involved with other kids at camp.
or coming books are good if you know your child needs occasional downtime, but
expect that they might get passed around the cabin, too. Avoid sending anything
that is of special value, as chances are it will make the rounds and come home (or
not make it home) looking more shabby than it once did.
that you only packed one tube of sunscreen? Not enough socks? Sticking these
necessities in with a care package is the perfect way to ensure that your child
will get them, especially if you don’t want to purchase them at the camp store.
Remember to label any clothing that you send in the care package.
avoid sending only necessity items and find the perfect balance of fun and
necessary items to include in your summer camp care package.
Know the Rules
camps have guidelines and rules around care packages:from contents to frequency to size to who can
send.Be sure you know the rules before
you send a package or encourage family members to do so.Some camps have strict rules on sending
packages at all or have taken steps to make packages more equitable. If your
camp limits the size or contents of the package, or limits to one package per
week or per family, be sure to adhere to those guidelines.If you don’t, the contents may end up in the
trash with a lot of waste in terms of both time and expense.