Posts Tagged 'Overnight camp'



Discussion: How Do You Write Great Letters?

Let’s face it, by now you’re an expert at this whole parenting thing.  After all, if your camper is at overnight camp, they’re at least 6 (at the young side) years old.  And chances are, you probably have more than a few great ideas of how to write GREAT letters to your campers!

So when it comes to writing letters to your child at camp, what’s worked for you?   Continue reading ‘Discussion: How Do You Write Great Letters?’

Asking Family & Friends to Write Your Camper

Send a Quick Email

Every year, my sisters send great emails to family and friends so that everyone knows when their respective kids will be at camp, where to write and what is acceptable to send.

This is a great idea because it gets the camper’s extended family engaged in letter-writing – without the typical confusion of having to figure out the camp address, guessing what the camp will allow etc and only remembering to write after the camper comes home. Continue reading ‘Asking Family & Friends to Write Your Camper’

CampLib #2: About Your Room…

More Fill In the Blank Silliness

If you’re in a hurry to get the CampLib, just download here. Read on for more details!

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…’

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’

Fill-in-the-Blank Letter #2: End of Summer

It’s back!  Another “fill-in-the-blank” letter, and this one is perfect for the end of camp.  Check out the other letters – fill-in-the-blanks, multiple-choice letters, Camp-Libs, and more.

Continue reading ‘Fill-in-the-Blank Letter #2: End of Summer’

7 Point Font & Other Acts of Desperation

Shrtr ltrs 2 cmp

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.


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