If you still have campers out of state, here are some of my favorite tips on staying in touch with your kids…
- How to Get Letters with More Info than “Camp is Great” – Parents are usually eager to get detailed novellas from camp outlining every experience, every adventure, but often, the “Camp is Great…gotta run” frustrates us, but is probably modeled after our own busy lifestyle! Here’s a link to an article we wrote on creative ways to ask open ended questions and get some information flowing your way including how to write a “camp questionnaire” your camper returns to you.
- Care Packages – Many camps don’t allow anymore or have strict restrictions on what you can/can’t send. (Food attracts ants & even bears…who knew?!) Here are some non-edible care package treats, many readily available at your neighborhood Dollar Store.
- Prescription for Homesick Kids – 🙁 Breaks your heart to imagine a kid crying on a bunk bed, but it happens…The American Camp Association shared some great tips to guide parents toward surviving…and guiding kids toward a successful camp experience, even if they are desperately missing home.
Rest assured, if I could transform myself into a tween or teen and go to camp, I’d do it as quickly as Dorothy clicked her heels in the Wizard of Oz! Camp is great for so many reasons, but explaining them all would take up the rest of this website!