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Kids Joke Sites

Humor: the top challenge when writing to kids at summer camp


Did you know that writing funny letters to kids at summer camp is the top challenge for letter-writers? The good news: relief is sight…

One of the best ways to amuse your summer camper is to include a joke or two in your letters and emails.  Following is our updated list of kids joke sites, most of which have clean jokes that you can send to your younger campers.

Jokes are like a gift that keeps on giving: once you share a joke with your camper, they can share it with their friends too.  And it will give you something to talk in your letters as well. Continue reading ‘Kids Joke Sites’



Recipe for a Great First Letterrecipe-for-a-great-letter-to-camp-3

That very most dreaded Monday morning has arrived. Not because of work. Or the start of another week. Or that important appointment. Or because your in-laws are stopping by.  No, today is dreaded because you have to write YOUR VERY LETTER TO YOUR OVERNIGHT CAMPER!

You Can Do It!

I know the feeling. And it’s OK, you can do this.  Of course you can! (Yay you!)

Every Monday, campers’ parents and family people desperately search for tips on how to write letters to their sleepaway campers. But it’s OK, because letter writing (do people actually do that still?) is easier than you may think.  Read on for the recipe for great letters. Continue reading ‘Relax!’

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’

Uniquely You

Recently a friend shared how her family’s roadtrips were unique. Turns out that instead of playing the license plate game Recipe that's uniquely you - Letters to Camp Blogor losing themselves in their iPhones, her family reads stories to each other. They take long roadtrips so we’re talking about whole books. Her family looks forward to their unique way of taking roadtrips. Each roadtrip reinforces the family’s unique and fun traditions.

I’m sure that that you have many special shared family traditions of your own. Continue reading ‘Uniquely You’

Txting Lttrs 2 Cmp

Sometimes, to do something different, sometimes you have to do something less. Less typing, less writing – i.e., fewer letters. As in fewer alphabet letters.

Abbreviations can be a god-send for parents with way too much to share in just one page (that’s the limit at our camp). And kids love the texting abbreviations they use with their friends too. Not that they’ll want to share with you.  But they may get a kick out of an abbreviated email from you. Or not. But you won’t know until you try… WTG (way to go)!

Check out the sample letter (with translation) below:

The Letter


Sup?  We’re having a good summer so far IMHO – even though it’s lonely without u.  WBU?  How is camp?  R u having fun meeting new kids?  What’s ur favorite activity?

OATUS, Sparky the dog was chasing his tail last night and it was so funny Dad and I were ROFL. LOL, it was funny!  SFSG with his potty training – no mess yet. LOL!

BTW, IDK about u, but IDC if I ever have turnips again because they are gross!  JK – As if I’d ever ever eat turnips!

JTLYK, Dad and I are going on a trip to NYC next week to see what it’s like to be in a small city.  LOL. OMG I am so funny.  NM, that was lame.  Wuteva… Anywho, we’re GTG, so I’ll say bibi.  BISLY



We love you. TTYL



B4 I forget – wtg on winning the swim meet!

The  Translation

Dear Daughter,

What’s up?  We’re having a good summer so far in my humble opinion – even though it’s lonely without you.  What about you?  How is camp?  Are you having fun meeting new kids?  What’s your favorite activity?

On a totally unrelated subject, Sparky the dog was chasing his tail last night and it was so funny Dad and I were rolling on the floor laughing. Laugh-out-loud, it was funny!  So far, so good with his potty training – no mess yet. Laughing out loud!

By the way, I don’t know about you, but I don’t care if I ever have turnips again because they are gross!  Just kidding – as if I’d ever ever eat turnips!

Just to let you know, Dad and I are going on a trip to NYC next week to see what it’s like to be in a small city.  Oh my god I am so funny.  No matter, that was lame.  Whatever… Anywho, we’ve got to go, so I’ll say bye bye.  But I still love you.

See you, er see you later

We love you. Talk to you later



B4 I forget – way to go on winning the swim meet!



What Not To Write – Dear Emily…

The toughest letter: the day after dropoff or visiting day

For many northern camps, today is the Monday morning after visiting day or the day after second/third session drop-off. Since this Monday can be a challenging one for many parent letter-writers, we’re taking a break from the usual suggestions on what TO write to your camper. Instead, take a look at the following letter to  see a few obvious pitfalls to avoid (at least we hope they’re obvious!). See the bottom of the post for more on what TO write. 

Continue reading ‘What Not To Write – Dear Emily…’

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.

Continue reading ‘A Good Disconnect’

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