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Write Better Letters, From the Experts, part I

expert-advice-letters-to-campA variety of resources can help you to write the best letters to your sleepaway campers.  Today we’ll look at a few national organizations as well as summer camps themselves.  In part II (tomorrow), we’ll look at what parenting experts and bloggers have to say.

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What Not to Pack

Sometimes too much is, well, too much

Let’s face it, some things are better left at home.  Same goes for letters to camp.  A few years ago, I wrote the  “Letters to Camp Packing List” post. Now here are a few things NOT to pack in your first (or any) letter:

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Sample Letter to Camp

Following is an example of an easy letter to camp.  For more details, see How to Write Letters to Camp.  And be sure to check out the rest of the Letters to Camp blog for more tips on how to write great letters to your campers.

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You’re Not Alone

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?

Try humor or injecting interesting tidbits or mixing it up.

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.

4 Secrets to Funny Letters to Campers

You’ll be writing funny letters in no time!

Many visitors to this blog ask how to write a funny letter to their campers.  The reason is obvious: they just paid umpty-nine-bazillion dollars (plus fees) to send their campers away and they intend to keep them there!  Or they just want their kids to have a great summer.  Either way, humor is good.  So letters to camp should be humorful, er, funny!

Following are a few suggestions that will help you to write funny letters that may keep you kids [happy] at sleep-away camp.

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More Camper Tips

Advice from an experienced camper

Today we talk with an experienced camper to get her take on letters to camp.  Check it out.

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Need Ideas? Ask a Camper!

Wondering what to write your camper?  The best way to find out what they want to hear about is…. to ask them!

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