The Letters to Camp blog is all about, well, letters and parent-camper communication. And from time to time, we’ll discuss related topics. Today we cover birthdays.
If your child has a birthday at camp, you’ll want to make it as special as possible while keeping to your camp’s rules.
Every camp is different (and most don’t seem to allow any sort of food for birthdays) but Camp Greystone in North Carolina offers some great birthday tips for parents that including letter-writing and cards. For example, they say that you should:
- Let your child know special their birthday will be at camp.
- Have a separate family and friend celebration at home either before or after camp.
- Send birthday cards, letters, and [if permitted by your camp,] a package.
- Mark the delivery day on the package or letter so that the camp can deliver it on that day. [Check with your camp to see if they’ll do this.]
They ask parents not to:
- Send food.
- Send balloons… they really clutter up the cabin.
- Send lots of presents… the best thing to get at camp is a letter; give most of the presents at the hometown party.
…This is all outstanding advice. As a long time parent of campers whose birthdays fall during camp, I suggest that you also contact your camp to understand how they celebrate birthdays and what you are permitted to do. Each camp’s birthday observance will vary. Some camps celebrate the birthday on the day of the birthday while others will have a single celebration for all kids with birthdays during that session. At our camp, our kids are also allowed to call us on their birthdays.
You can help your child to have a great birthday at camp… Happy Birthday!