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 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.
It’s that time to get organized, don’t worry we’re here to help. Here are just a few of our favorite Summer packing tips:
Be in the know. Get to know any camp regulations regarding bunk items.
Include pre-stamped envelopes or pre-addressed postcards, we promise you’ll get more letters this way.
Label all of your items with your child’s name. Triple check everything!
Home items, make sure your child packs pictures and fun items that remind them of home. You want their “camp home” to feel cozy. Especially the bed, order mattress pads or egg crates for the extra comfort.
Send a letter to your child at camp before camp begins, tell other family members to do the same.
Pack with your kids. Let them see what you are packing so when they get to camp they had an idea of what was in their bag. Show them you packed specific shoes for certain sports or where the extra batteries are tucked away. Most camps will unpack the younger campers for them, so when they arrive their area is all set up. It’s still a good idea for them to know what was packed.
Pack Smart. Protect breakable items such as a tennis racket, make sure its protected. Pack it between bed sheets or towels for extra cushion. Find out what bunk cubbies or under the bed storage your camper is allowed to bring. Make sure they are collapsible and durable, it’s best to utilize them when packing. For example, pack items inside of the bins such as smaller or personal items. You could also add a packing list inside the duffle, this helps the counselors and your camper to know what was packed.
Don’t Forget. Take a deep breath and take a picture of your camper sitting on their duffel. It’s officially the first photo of the camp season!
Sending your child off to sleepaway camp could be a hard decision to make. During your decision process, remember how important and healthy this milestone is for you and your child. Psychologists agree, Maureen Monaghan from Children’s National Medical Center, says “giving kids an experience of being on their own in a structured, supportive, supervised environment is a great idea.”
Having your child, and you, overcome fears is a life lesson that affects many more situations to come. For example, being homesick for a few days and then realizing it goes away or working to climb the top of a rope wall that seemed super scary on the first day of camp.
We know there are so many questions you and your child might have. Take a breath, read this amazing article from the Washington Post. We can’t agree more!
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