Posts Tagged 'campers'

An e-Visiting Day

Your Camper, Reconnecting to the E-Grid for Visiting Day

I spend a lot of time thinking about how parents and campers communicate with each other.  We just got back from visiting day yesterday, which put a whole new spin on parent/camper communication…

Ah, summer camp… the ideal opportunity to make new friends, develop new skills, and grow – all in a more natural environment removed from the electronic stresses of modern life such as Facebook, texting, and cell phones.

Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?  Your child, tucked away in a nature preserve, airing out their brain for the summer.  Gaining a new appreciation for nature.  Living a more relaxed existence.

Alas, you can take the electronics away from the kid, but you can’t take the electronics out of the kid.  Continue reading ‘An e-Visiting Day’

The Importance of Letters to Camp

Congratulations!

As your camper begins his or her stay at summer camp, you are about to embark upon one of the greatest adventures of being a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousin, or friend.  The adventure?  Writing letters to camp of course! Continue reading ‘The Importance of Letters to Camp’

More Jokes

Yesterday I listed kid-safe joke sites.  Following is a list of general sites that have a mix of kid-friendly and not so kid-friendly jokes.  But most of these sites have a great selection of appropriate jokes so you’ll want to check them out. The best sites are at the top of the list.

General Jokes Sites

Broad selection of general jokes without sections dedicated to kids.

 

  • Comedy Zone. Huge selection of jokes, many of which are clean.  Easily browse-able with titles for each joke. Check out the extensive collection of funny pictures.  Looks like this site hails from the United Kingdom.
  • Joke-Best. Reader-rated jokes.  More clean jokes than many other sites.  Browse-able.  Easy to navigate.
  • Funny and Jokes. Good selection.Click on a category to see a selection of jokes on one page.  Click to see more.  Browse-able.  Decent number of categories.
  • The Joke Yard. Moderate selection of jokes with many categories.  Browse-able to short list of jokes in a given category. Check out clean one liners.  Click more categories to see a huge list of categories.  Great feature: shows if joke is clean, rude etc.  Beware: many rude jokes.  It’s also ad-supported so you never know what’s going to show up.
  • Funnyjokes.org. Click on categories to read random jokes, one at a time.  A bit tedious since you can’t browse for specific jokes.
  • Cool funny jokes.  Very easy to find new jokes from the home page.  You’ll have to look for the funny jokes.  Note that some people will find selected links and  jokes offensive.  Fully browse-able.  Beware: sometimes displays racy ads.
  • Joke-Of-The-Day.  Very easy to browse with descriptions.  Lots of clean jokes although much of the humor may be beyond the reach or interest of children.  Don’t go here looking for “the joke of the day” though.
  • Lots of Jokes.  Moderate selection of funny kids jokes but not easy to browse.  The main site contains many jokes, many of which are not appropriate for children.  Site has a lot of advertising.

Resources:

More funny stuff from the Letters To Camp Blog.
A Letter A Day Makes A Happy Camper

Careless Packages

Once again, we’ll go beyond letters to camp…. Now that you’ve mastered the basics of care packages (see my last post), it’s time for the “remedial” class on “careless packages.”  This is the part where you get lazy and decide to have someone else make your “care” package for you.  Ah, the joys of parenting!

Now, I know what you’re thinking…  We’re all busy, don’t have time, want to show we care but don’t know what to do… blah blah blah.  If you can’t spend time building your kids’ care package, just how much care does that show anyways?  Is it possible to substitute an expensive package from some giant corporation for “care”?  Only you’ll know for sure.   And who knows, maybe your kid won’t care.  Heck, I’m not sure mine would care – they just want packages.  But I just wouldn’t feel right having someone else make it for me.  Yeah, right!

But I digress… Following is a list of companies that will gladly have you pay them to build “careless packages.”

NOTE: This is not a recommendation or endorsement of any of these online stores.

#1: Food Stuff
Most camps do not permit food so make sure to check your camp policies on food before sending.  IMPORTANT: some of these contain peanuts, which your camp may not permit due to allergies.  Make sure to check camp rules on peanuts.

  • The Popcorn Factory – Popcorn in all sizes and flavors – sure to be a kid favorite.
  • Oh Nuts – Kosher treats.  Beware of the peanuts if your camp has a peanut policy.  Looks tasty.

#2: Foodless “Care” Packages & Individual Stuff
Stuff, stuff, stuff.  A wide variety of choices.

  • Beyond Bookmarks – Their site states “Our care packages are in compliance with summer camp rules and are a favorite of camp directors.”  Lots of interesting packages with varied themes.  From the looks of their prices, it you must have to pay extra for camp director approval. $$$$
  • Fearless and Freckles – This shows up in Google under “Bunk Junk”!  Need I say more?  Individual items and “care” pails (as opposed to packages).  The pails seem expensive to me but they have lots of reasonable individual items. $$
  • Fuss Budget – Lots of interesting stuff – mainly individual items rather than care packages.  Reasonable price. $$
  • Gift Baskets – A few choice care packages.  Reasonable prices.  $$
  • Just4Camp – Stationery, pillows, games. Seems a little pricey. $$$
  • Sealed With a Kiss – “The original camp care package company since 1984”  Ready-to-go packages start at $20 but they’ll also do individual items and custom care packages.  Web site is very easy to use.  Yikes, these guys sent 7,000 “care” packages last year alone! $$
  • Send A Smile Gifts – Lots of reasonably priced care packages.  You can also order advance delivery.  $$
  • The Wrinkled Egg – Custom “care” packages.  $$$$

#3: Outdoors/Camping Supplies

  • Campbound – Check out the summer camp store.  Not much in the way of “care” packages but they are a business affiliate of the American Camping Association.

#4: Necessities

  • Minimus – Small sized toiletries etc.  Most camps sell necessities – check with camp before sending.

#5: More ideas – The Find

For additional care package ideas, check out The Find shopping site.  The Find is just an aggregator site so you’ll have to assemble these items yourself from different online stores featured.  Here are a few searches to get you started.


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