During summer, many children attend sleep-away camp. If your child will be gone a while a camp, you may wish to send letters and packages to keep in touch. Here are some ideas to let your child know that you are thinking of him or her without stiffling their independence.
Check the Camp Rules
Depending upon the camp, the rules may vary. Some camps do not allow you to call your child. Other camps allow visits, but only after a certain amount of time. Some camps do not allow you to send food to your child in care packages.
Letters are great, especially if you have a child who tends to be homesick. It’s best to keep the letters upbeat and cheerful, even if you get back letters demanding that you come and rescue your child.
If you wish to get your letters returned, it’s best to enclose addressed, stamped evelopes and stationary in one of your care packages. Be prepared for the fact that your child might not get around to sending you letters. Some parents I know send their children a letter each week whether they receive one in return or not. I thin that’s a great idea.
Contact other family members and ask if they will commit to sending letters and cards during your child’s camp stay. Your children will most definitely appreciate it!
Make sure that your child is allowed to receive food before you send snacks in the care packages. If your child is allowed to receive food, you might consider sending bar cookies as they pack very well. Send enough for your child and his or her bunk mates to enjoy in order to prevent squabbling.
You can fill baggies with popcorn and use that for packing material instead of bubble wrap or newspaper. Not only will the popcorn keep the cookies from crumbling, but the popcorn can also be eaten!
You can also send candy, fruit, and nuts in care packages. All of these items will ship well.
Most children will appreciate pictures of their pets and even their siblings who are not away at camp. You can even send a small photo album where your child can store the photos.
Send Quiet Time Activities
Your child may never have time for “quiet time”, but then again, she may. Just in case, it’s best to send some books, puzzles or other activities for “quiet time” or rainy days.
Before you know it, camp will be over and your child will be home with you, getting ready to go back to school!