How To Create A Summer Camp Care Package

by Pinkchic18

Summer camp is every kid's favorite thing to do in the summer. But sometimes it's lonely! Here's how to create a little summer camp care package to keep up their spirits high!

Over ten million kids head off to camp in the summer, looking forward to activities, swimming, campfires, and other traditions of camp life. How can you make sure your child is having the time of their life there? Why not send them a cute summer camp care package?

Show Them Love

Image by Visions Service Adventures on FlickrWhether your child is going to Boy Scout Camp, art camp, or sports camp, chances are that he’ll start to miss home after a while. This is the perfect time to send a piece of home to camp. 

You can buy pre-made care packages, or you can create your own summer camp survival kit for your child. This way, you can include all his favorite treats, personalize the package, and save money!

Do your kids attend summer camp?

Check With The Camp

Image by VIUDeepBay on FlickrSending a package to your child at overnight camp is an incredible thinking of you gift. Just remember that there, they will be provided with all the food and activities they need to stay busy, entertained, and hopefully happy, the entire time. 

If you would like to send a package, check with the camp ahead of time and see if they have a list of preferred items that you send – or that you do not send!  For instance, some camps don’t like you to send food. 

Why?  It’s not because they want your child to starve, certainly.  It’s because, depending on where the camp is, food can attract critters and flies – or bears. 

Whatever it attracts, though, is not something you want your child to bunk with.  So, be sure to check about any prohibited items.

What NOT to Pack

Before we talk about what to put into a summer camp care package, here are a few more items you may want to keep out:

  • Money.  Unless there is a vending machine for which they need a few quarters, don’t send cash or checks.  Some camps have camper accounts that you can deposit money into.
  • Photos from home.  This may surprise some parents, but if your kid is homesick, this will make it worse.  If he’s not homesick and he’s older, he may think its lame.  In either case, save the photos for when he comes back home.  Focus on items that will ensure he’s active and having fun.
  • Cell phone, iPods, handheld games.  Often, the point of summer camp is to unplug and get active.  Don’t send electronics; not only is this expensive for you, it robs your child of the fun of going outside, making up games, and doing cheesy camp activities!

What to Include

So what can you include?  This varies camp by camp, but here are some general ideas to get you started:

  • A Frisbee.
  • Sponge balls, like Nerf.
  • Velcro ball and mitts.
  • Hackey sacks.
  • Mad Libs.
  • Deck of cards or UNO game.
  • Coloring book and crayons for younger child or paper and markers/colored pencils for older child.
  • A new novel or picture book.
  • Disposable camera.
  • Sunscreen or bug spray.
  • A hat.
  • A pillow pet.  Even older kids like their stuffed animals.
  • Water bottle.  Try to put his name somewhere on it, even if it is just on a piece of tape.
  • Temporary tattoo markers (check before you send this one – it could be against the rules to tattoo yourself at a particular summer camp!)
  • Battery operated nightlight for younger children.  The camp may already provide nightlights; if not, this might be very welcome by a child in an unfamiliar place.
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Let Them Enjoy

Image by stevendepolo on FlickrSummer camp is a rite of passage for many kids; when they get back home, they have tons of stories to tell, but while they are away, they may be homesick. 

Let them know you’re thinking of them and encourage them to have a great time with a thoughtful gift basket or care package.

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Updated: 07/26/2013, Pinkchic18
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Tolovaj on 06/25/2012

I like how you wrote what not to pack. I think it is almost as important as what to pack. And because we are different it is good to check the list after returning from camp and add what has to be added and cross what was unnecessary... Because there will be next time and we want to be ready, right?

katiem2 on 06/18/2012

Very good summer camp pack. My daughters go to summer camp and the survival pack is priceless. Can't tell you how many "Thanks Mom" I have gotten for the many things I've included. A great summer camp care package is very important.

janices7 on 06/14/2012

I loved getting care packages that had enough stuff to share with my new friends at camp. Including a Frisbee and disposable camera in the package are great ideas too.

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