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The Ballpont Pen

I’ll admit that when it comes to writing letters to camp, nothing beats the immediacy and ease of email.

Bic biro pens

BUT there will always be a place for hand-written, personal letters to your overnight camper. So today, I’d like to introduce you to the man who began producing the ballpoint pen in 1944, Ladislao José Biro. Today would have been Biro’s 117th birthday.

Here’s an excerpt from the UK Telegraph:

He created a ballpoint nib which was coated with a thin film of ink from the cartridge as it made contact with paper and spun in its socket.

Read more here

Photo CREDIT: WIKIMEDIA

Beat the Mid-Summer Slump

One of our kids, a counselor, came home about 2 weeks ago and the excitement was obvious – great campers, lots of exciting things happening at camp, bubbly anticipation of the second 3 1/2 week session etc. Then they came home 2 days ago and while happy, were a bit more subdued.  Happy and content but subdued. I wondered what was happening… were they still enjoying their summer? Yes, of course they were, but more quietly.

I bet you’ve experienced the same thing from your full-summer campers
(ie kids who stay for the whole summer).

Continue reading ‘Beat the Mid-Summer Slump’

Write Better Letters, From the Experts, part II

more-expert-advice-letters-to-campContinuing yesterday’s post (with advice from camps and camping organizations) , following is additional expert letter-writing and summer camp advice from parenting experts as well as a variety of parenting websites.

We’ve included a lot of different opinions – and is always the case with parenting, some advice will conflict – but that’s OK.  Pick and choose the advice that works for you.  Either way, you’ll come away with a variety of great perspectives on camp letter-writing.

Continue reading ‘Write Better Letters, From the Experts, part II’

Another Dropoff Day

It seems like if it’s June, it must be time to drive up to camp for dropoff.  Today was that day for one of our kids who is a counselor this year.

The last few days have been filled with shopping for clothes and supplies, the ever-running washing machine and filled laundry baskets, lots of activity, packing, packing and more packing, and counting down the days, all of which culminated with last night’s final family meal, followed by the precious final hours in unrestricted tech immersion (sitting in front of a computer screen, watching videos, catching up with friends etc).

Then this morning we packed up the minivan.  Continue reading ‘Another Dropoff Day’

A Good Disconnect

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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Thanks for Visiting Us 100,000+ Times

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!

Steve, Editor

Kids @ Home

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.

Continue reading ‘Kids @ Home’


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