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CampLib #3: Toilet Trouble!

Even More Fill In the Blank Fun

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Our first two CampLibs™ (Wake Up and About Your Room) were so popular that we’ve created our next CampLib in the series, Toilet Trouble! Continue reading ‘CampLib #3: Toilet Trouble!’

CampLib #2: About Your Room…

More Fill In the Blank Silliness

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Our last, er, first CampLib(tm) was such a hit that we’re out with our next in the series – About Your Room! Continue reading ‘CampLib #2: About Your Room…’

7 Point Font & Other Acts of Desperation

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By now, you’re a seasoned letter-writer.  Your letters to camp are masterful.  Funny.  No, hysterical.  Engaging.  Illuminating.  Pieces of fine art.  World-class prose.  On par with those of John and Abigail Adams.  But if your letters are too long, how can you shorten them?

Continue reading ‘7 Point Font & Other Acts of Desperation’

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.

A Joke A Day Makes A Happy Camper

Keep your camper laughing with funny letters to camp!  Campers always love to get jokes from their parents.  Jokes lighten your camper’s mood and help to build a shared connection between you and your child.  What’s more, your camper will enjoy sharing jokes and laughs with their friends.  In our family, we try to include a joke in each daily (!) email we send to our kids at camp.

Make it relevant. Remember to tailor your joke selections to the interests and sensibilities of your child.  If your kid follows politics, send political jokes.  Interested in computers?  Send computer jokes, etc.

A web of jokes. You can draw from your own arsenal of jokes or you can find more jokes on the web.  In most cases, it’s easy to cut and paste jokes, riddles and pictures from these sites directly into your typed letters and emails.  You’ll also find that the ability to browse and find jokes varies greatly from site to site.  The best sites include a multitude of categories with links to specific titles for each joke.

Joke of the Day?  You choose. It’s tempting to just go to a joke of the day website and cut and paste the day’s joke.  But the jokes tend to be uneven so you’re better off browsing for a an interesting joke.

Following is a list of joke sites with kid-appropriate, usually clean jokes.  The best sites are closest to the top.

Kid-Friendly & Kid-Safe Joke Sites

  • A Joke A Day – It seems like of these jokes have been around for a while but if you look at the archives, you’ll find some god ones.  The actual “Joke of the Day” usually comes from the archives.  You can subscribe to a daily email as well. Fully Browse-able.  Massive number of browse-able categories with joke descriptions.
  • AHA Jokes.  Excellent selection (some of the best kids jokes I’ve read) but difficult to browse.  Browse to a category where you’ll see a numbered list without descriptions.  Avoid the joke of the day because it doesn’t look like it’s been updated regularly.
  • Arizona Kids Net.  Jokes and lots of riddles submitted by kids.  Difficult to cut and paste – but great selection of funny jokes.  Easily brows-able but limited number of categories.
  • Library jokes – Multinomah Public Library.  Library jokes for real, and a lot more.  Great links to other clean joke sites.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for an excellent selection of clean, funny riddles.  Easy cut and paste.  Not browse-able.
  • Jokes ‘n Jokes.  All clean jokes with a few politically incorrect jokes for good measure.  Includes numerous categories but the site layout is cluttered and a little difficult to navigate.  Browse-able.

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More funny stuff from the Letters To Camp Blog.

Next: More joke sites – tomorrow.


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