Posts Tagged 'Summer camp'

Send a Book to Your Camper

#GirlsCanWrite

Summer with a TwistMeredith and the Mean Girls

Every year parents labor over what goodies to send their kids in a care package.  Stickers? Card games? Stationery? Pens? Autographable pillowcases? Candy (if allowed by the camp)? Ah the possibilities are endless (and several are available in the Letters to Camp Store powered by Amazon).

How about this: send your camper a book, written by a kid like them. As it turns out, I am acquainted with two such authors, Citra Tenore (age 12) and Maddie Siegel (who wrote her book when she was age 9).

(See important note at the bottom of this post)

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Kids Joke Sites

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

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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’

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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CampLib #3: Toilet Trouble!

Even More Fill In the Blank Fun

If you’re in a hurry, click here to download.  Read on for more details.

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

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…’

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.

Introducing CampLibs!

A silly fill-in-the-blank letter!

This will really add some zing to your next letter to camp!

Let’s face it, it’s the middle of the summer, and you’re probably tapped out. There’s only so much you can write about waking up, washing, cleaning the house, going to work, eating dinner etc! And that’s where CampLibs ™ come in. CampLibs are just like MadLibs only you, the adult, fill them in and then your kids get to read them.

Imagine your camper rolling on the floor laughing at your CampLib. They’ll be reading them to their bunkmates – they’ll be the hit of the cabin. And you – well, YOU will be the coolest parent of all. Because who else sends a CampLib to their campers? Until now, NO ONE. So jump right in. This CampLib is guaranteed to make writing a letter as fun as reading it. And let’s face it, the price is r-i-g-h-t (as in free)!

Download the CampLib from our website, or click the button on the far right of the box above to sign into Slideshare to and download it there!

If you like this CampLib, please Tweet about it or pin a CampLib.

So what do you think? Should we write more CampLibs? Let us know!


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Finally – Help for Parent Letter-Writers

Challenged to write great letters to your camper(s)? Help is here! The Letters to Camp Blog will help you to write better letters. More

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