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How to Make Camp Letter Writing Easier

22 Apr

Camp NotesCamp is a special time in a young person’s life and if the camper is going to overnight camp, it’s especially nice to exchange letters. Many camps do not allow cell phones during camp, as they are easily lost or ruined, but letter-writing with family and friends is definitely encouraged. For the most part, kids love to receive mail at camp! The exchange of letters each week is an easy and fun way to stay in contact with your child when they are away.

Plan Ahead

Talk to your child before they leave about writing notes and make suggestions on who to write and what they can write about.  To encourage letter writing, let them know that they will also be receiving mail. For some young people, it’s one of the first times they will have an opportunity to experience letter writing or with waiting for the mail to come each day!

To make this easier for the camper, there are special camp note pads with camp themes which will be fun for the camper to use. Notepads that have writing lines make writing easier for the camper to send their thoughts.  There are also some fill-in-the-blanks notepads that can help a camper too.

Setup Envelopes

It’s a good idea for you to pre-address and pre-stamp envelopes, in advance of the child’s departure.  It’s worth talking to the camper before they leave on how to address an envelope and even where to put the stamp.  When you are pre-addressing envelopes, talk to the camper about who they would like to write a note to, such as a special aunt, grandparent and friends at home.  Help them address some envelopes to all those special people before they leave or at least have them watch you do it so they get the general idea.

If you think your camper is old enough to do this task on their own, you can provide them with an address list so the camper can address the envelopes themselves.  Then, you might want to address one envelope for them so they have a format to follow.  Be sure to send a few pens with the camper, some extra stamps, and their note pads (or stationery) and envelopes.

Add Photos, Prompt for Responses

When you write to the child, sometime it’s nice to add in a photo or two from home, such as of their pet or of their family so they have a photograph in their bunk from home.  Getting a touch of something special from home is usually appreciated.

Also, when you send your notes to the camper, ask questions that will engage the camper in a response, such as: What is your favorite activity at camp, how is the food at camp, do you like your bunk mates, and is there anything you need that I can send to you?  You can update them about anything new at home and even tell them how proud of them you are about how they are so grown up.

Heartwarming Letters

If you have ever read letters from campers, you’ll know what I mean when you say they can be sweet, dramatic, and even absolutely hilarious.  From the sad camper who begs to come home and then the next week is as happy as a clam, to hearing about their likes, dislikes and activities, it’s hard to get enough.  These letters can tug at your heart or make you laugh out load – but seeing that envelope from them can almost always make you smile.

Make it fun and easy for the child to write a letter home this summer with a personalized camp note pad and just sit back and wait for many touching moments to make their way into your mailbox!  There are even books that have been published with copies of some of the funniest camp letters sent home. Also, be sure to save these letters because when the kids get older, they will absolutely love reading them.

Best wishes,

Renee

Make Campers Happy with Personalized Gifts

9 May

Getting ready and packed for overnight camp can be a challenge for parents trying to help campers feel at home while away at overnight camp.  Personalized camp gifts not only make campers feel special, but help their camp goods from getting lost in the cabin shuffle.

Encourage campers to write home the old-fashioned way.  Since most camps ban e-mail and text correspondence, your campers will be thankful to have his or her own personalized stationery sets.  Fun note cards encourage campers to put pen to paper this summer.  These fun, unique camp designs in flatcards or foldovers will be the envy of kids’ bunkmates. Clipboards are perfect to lean on when writing and keep notes from home together.  Parents should pre-address the envelopes and use pre-printed return address labels or custom stampers.

Label everything with easy solutions.   Whether parents choose to sew or iron on names, TheStationeryStudio.com makes it easy and takes the headache out of labeling for camp. These 100% soft cotton iron-on labels are great for the identification of campers’ clothing.  Whatever option parents choose for labeling is made easier if they plan ahead and get prepared with this variety of options.

Buy personalized towels and wraps.  Fashion meets function when kids head to the lake or showers with our personalized wraps and unique monogrammed towels.  Theirs won’t end up in the lost and found.

Make sure kids have what they need for organization and identification. Personalized laundry bags and custom cosmetic cases are a great way to ensure that what is sent to camp comes back home clean (or at least these bags keep the dirty laundry contained)!  Don’t forget luggage tags so the bags get to and from where they need to go.

Add some extra special fun items  to help ease homesickness.  A personalized pillowcase will help campers into a peaceful slumber after a long day.  Diaries and writing journals are also a special item that will help campers write about their feelings of independence during rest hour and make special keepsakes, which will last a lifetime.

Make sure that your campers can keep in touch with their camp friends after summer. “Stay in Touch” personalized calling cards are a quick way to remind new friends that they can correspond all year long until they meet again.