When I was growing up, kids didn’t have the constant electronic tether to their parents that they do today. It caused the inevitable problems of course – for instance, never knowing where my brother was at dinner time (and having to call everyone in the neighborhood to find out), going to the wrong mall entrance to get picked up and missing our mom, not knowing when she’d get there to pick us up, etc.
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Tags: Cell phones, Email, Hollee Actman Becker, Kidsicknes, Letters to camp, Mashable, Musings, Overnight camp, Parenting, Slate, sleepaway camp, Suburb Babble, Summer camp, Time
Tags: Another year of letters to camp, Letters to camp, Welcome back
Hard to believe, but the Letters to Camp blog has now been read well over 100,000 times! Now in its fifth year, this blog has been raising quite a ruckus by providing helpful letter-writing tips to parents, grandparents, family, and friends writing letters to their kids at overnight camps. It sounds so simple and yet… I know, it’s crazy to think that anyone would want help writing funny, engaging, supportive letters to their kids at camp. But that’s why I started the blog in the first place – I was desperate for help creating witty, clever letters to my own kids, day in and day out for what would turn out to be about 400 letters so far (yikes). I hope that this site will continue to provide you with inspiration and clever ideas to help you to support your camper.
Welcome back to another season of Letters TO Camp! Check back regularly and be sure to take a look at the categories to your right to find all of the resources you need for great letters to your kids at camp!
Tags: Kids at home, Letters to camp, Musings, Parenting, summercamp
My kids came home from camp on Thursday. Each year that day has a certain rhythm to it. So I’d like to share that day with you: from silence to chaos and back again. Here goes.
6:20 am. Silence. The dog nestles up to me – for him, I’m just another warm body. “Honey, time to get up so we can leave at 7:15.” Still quiet…
6:30 am. Sniff, sniff: I smell nothing but broken plaster around the new windows in the kids’ rooms.
7:23 am. Leaving the house to pick up our camper. GPS says we’ll be there at about 9:18 am, 18 minutes after the gates open for final pickup.
8:00 am. Discussing with my wife how our kids feel that this is their worst day of the year, since they have to leave camp. We’re happy to have them home but I’m not sure I’d say this is our best day.
The kids’ best day is the day they go to camp. And that’s why that day is our worst day. Although after ten summers, we’re kind of used to it by now. Or numb – not sure which.
Tags: Letters to camp, Musings, summercamp, The last letter
Type, type, click, click, send. Off it went. Seconds later, I received notification that the email to our camper had been received by camp. And that, well that, that was it. The final email letter of the summer. Our tenth summer. Continue reading ‘The Last Email’
Tags: Camp letter ideas, Funny letters to campers, Jokes, Letters to camp, Sample Letters, types of letter writers
My wife likes to write long, thoughtful and complete letters to our campers. Me – I’m a get-to-the-point kind of guy – unless I’m writing a funny letter, in which case I become an author or a comedian with a long setup. Read on to learn about the different types of letter-writers. Continue reading ‘What Type of Letter-Writer Are You?’
Tags: Dad, letters from kids, Letters to camp
Getting Your Camper to Write Requires Cleverness – Or Does It?
A father’s ploy to get more letters. If you wrote over a hundred letters to your four children at camp each summer, you might want to hear back from them every once in a while. You know, a quick note so you’d know your kid was OK. Having fun. Meeting new kids, etc. Continue reading ‘A Father’s Tale’