Camp is a magical place kids go to for the summer. They may try new adventures, meet new friends, and explore the outdoors. But the campers also go to “unplug”. Yes, the campers actually look forward to putting their phones down for the week or the entire summer.
Most overnight camps, even the ones that offer STEM or Math programs, do not allow campers to have cell phones. Same rules apply for most counselors, no phones in the bunks or on camp.
We spoke to some campers and they say they don’t even miss their phones and actually look forward to “the phone break”. It’s the parents that have a harder time not being able to communicate with their kids at any time of the day. Allowing our kids to “unplug” forces them to make new friends, enjoy their surroundings, and communicate with each other.
It’s refreshing to hear the campers welcome the “No Phone” rule and look forward to it. Read more HERE.
We have over 500 ways we can help your child “unplug. Contact The Camp Lady today!
Our friends over at Scary Mommy have written amazing articles about CAMP. From being a first-time camp parent to analyzing those daily camp photos. They recently shared tips on how to welcome home your camper and they are right on point! This article is Camp Lady APPROVED.
YES, we have all been in that “over-analyzing” state when scrolling the camp pictures at least once. Ok, maybe more than once. Today, we are sharing Meredith Gordon thoughts as she has summed up the feeling pretty well and how to overcome it.
Several times a year we read articles written by educators and health care professionals about the power of camp. We found an article that suggests that overnight camps could be better for your kids than SAT prep classes! Kids that go away to camp are away from the city, technology, and academic pressures. These kids can grow in creativity, independence and other qualities of successful people. Read the entire article HERE
We love to share camp experiences from parents that have once been campers or who are experiencing camp for the first time through their kids. Whatever their camp story, this time is truly special, you’re saying “goodbye for 7 weeks… hello memories for life”. We had to share Melissa’s story, from her own camp story to experiencing it as a parent, we couldn’t agree with her thoughts more. Check it out here. As do our campers, we truly live 10 for 2!
This is a great time of year to take advantage of the events your camp might be hosting. Most camps offer get-togethers and new camper events throughout the year so campers can get to know each other. We know everyone has busy schedules but it’s important to make the time and go. Your child doesn’t have to have a best friend right away, but having a familiar face for the bus ride can really help.
Get in touch with your camp owners and directors, they are the best resource for finding local families with new or existing campers to connect with. They are more than happy to give you the contact information. If you have a child that loves to form close relationships with adults, give your camp owner a call and they’ll come to your house. They can chat, hang out, get to know your family better, show pictures and tell camp stories. This is what they do best so let them do the work!
…this is a must read! We share so many articles that help parents and campers get ready for camp, but what about preparing to leave camp? Posted in the Huffington Post by Shira Taylor Gura, creator of the S.T.U.C.K method, she shows us how our campers feel leaving their “Happy Place”, camp! Click here to read the full article.
It’s visiting day, a fabulous day spent at camp. Parents and campers excited to spend time together, do camp activities and holding tight up to the last second of saying goodbye. It’s also a time where the half session campers say goodbye to their camp experience for the summer. We loved what this formal camper had to say about being a half session camper when she was a kid and the emotions she felt. Tales of a grown-up sleepaway camp kid, a must read!
What camper doesn’t want to receive a letter or package every day at camp? As parents, we want to send letters filled with exciting news from home but we often run out of things to write about. Jamie Lake, an author from Kveller, gives us the perfect advice on what types of letters we should and should not send to our camper. This article is one to “bookmark” this summer.
It’s an exciting time for you and your camper, their first year at overnight camp. We have a few ideas to help them get excited about camp and stay excited.
Gift giving makes everyone smile. Plan for a few family members or family friends to send a camp related gift before camp starts. Something special, personalized and unique. A few of our families give personalized pillows & blankets. Check out some of the latest camp gift trends like Ga-Ga gloves, personalized clothing, and bunk games.
The more, the better! Get a list of campers in your child’s age group and see who lives close by. Scheduling a group playdate for ice cream or roller skating will be a blast. The more people your first-time camper gets to meet before the first day of camp the less anxious they will feel. If you can’t schedule an actual playdate, schedule a facetime meet & greet.
Sealed & Delivered
Many of the camps suggest sending a letter a week before camp starts. Campers love receiving mail and will love it even more if they have mail waiting for them. Remember, they call it “snail mail” for a reason. Leave plenty of time for the letter to get to camp.
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