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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Frustrated with letter-writing?
Let’s face it, this whole camp letter-writing thing does not come naturally in this age of 140-character spurts of insight. Heck, putting pen (quill?) to paper seems downright, well, medieval!
And the letter-writing requirement only multiplies the longer your child is at camp (our kids spend 7 weeks) – and the more kids you have. My poor mom wrote 4 letters 6 days a week. She told me that she spent entire mornings writing them. The worst part – the more she wrote, the less she had to write about (she couldn’t talk about her mornings after all!)
But it’s OK. You’re not alone. We’ve all been there (and if we haven’t, well then something’s not quite right). Heck, I think of letter writing as a battle of wits. I spend the entire summer trying to outwit my kids with clever, funny, witty stuff in each and every letter. By this time of summer, I’m zapped! Trying to squeeze humor out of routine is tough. Inventing stories is hard. It got so bad last year that I left the letter-writing to my dog.
Need ideas for more interesting letters?
Although it’s not always easy, letters to camp is not a war or attrition. It’s an act of love to your camper. Inject love and humor and authenticity and you’ll have great letters to camp.
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A silly fill-in-the-blank letter!
Let’s face it, it’s the middle of the summer, and you’re probably tapped out. There’s only so much you can write about waking up, washing, cleaning the house, going to work, eating dinner etc! And that’s where CampLibs ™ come in. CampLibs are just like MadLibs only you, the adult, fill them in and then your kids get to read them.
Imagine your camper rolling on the floor laughing at your CampLib. They’ll be reading them to their bunkmates – they’ll be the hit of the cabin. And you – well, YOU will be the coolest parent of all. Because who else sends a CampLib to their campers? Until now, NO ONE. So jump right in. This CampLib is guaranteed to make writing a letter as fun as reading it. And let’s face it, the price is r-i-g-h-t (as in free)!
So what do you think? Should we write more CampLibs? Let us know!
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More Funny Letters to Camp Secrets
#1: Transform the mundane into the amusing. Let’s face it, your home life is probably a lot less interesting than your camper’s experience. So spice yours up. Search out funny details. For example, my daughter left an old orange in her gym bag for a month. Let’s just say that it had changed color and shape. We got some good mileage out of that one for months.
Tags: End of season, Guest contributors, Letters to camp, Musings, Overnight camp, Parenting, Summer camp
It’s hard to believe but this morning, I actually sent my last email for the season. I think I’m going to miss the morning rush to craft an interesting letter filled with humor, support and daily updates – all by 9 am, 6 days a week.
I’ll admit, I had to resort to some unorthodox practices… fill-in-the-blank and form letters, letters from my dog (some translated, some not – as in wuff wuff wuff); crazy dog adventures (the dog thing seems to come up a lot in my letters); new and amusing spin on my daily activities; barely legible 8-point font so that I could include material from my wife, my dog, my son and myself; new jokes to include (see my last two posts 1 2), and a lot more. Yes, every day has been quite action-packed – before the 9 am deadline. And through it all, I worked hard to make sure that my letters – from first to last – never ended with a zzzzzzzzzzz!
So the last letter has been written for the season. But summer 2010 awaits! I know you’ll want to be thinking about next year’s letters (which could number as many as 50), so we’ll continue to write through the “winter” months – the seemingly endless stretch between summer camp this year and next. So when next summer rolls around, you’ll be more ready than ever to write well-crafted, supportive, meaningful, and humorous letters to camp.
And if you’d like to add your own advice, let us know by commenting below. We’ll contact you so you can contribute a post.