Source: Raquette Lake Camps
Source: Raquette Lake Camps
Flashback to Summers past. Many parents fund their kid's camp experience because they have their own fond memories of sitting around the fire. Give your child a taste of what cabin life was like for you as a camper with some retro-inspired toys that will keep them busy during their down time. Silly Putty and Rubik's Cubes keep hands and minds moving while a Magic Eight Ball allows them to dole out advice to their bunkmates.
Source: Camp Saginaw
If you want your kid to be a happy camper, send him or her a care package! Children enjoy the sports, budding friendships, and freedom that Summer camp has to offer, but most don't mind having a little something from home mailed to them every so often either. Postcards and letters are great for keeping kids informed of family news, but most mothers like to send something that makes more of a statement. If your youngster is attending a wilderness adventure or is an environmentalist, consider eco-friendly treats. Earth-conscious cards, temporary henna tattoos, and sports equipment made from recycled materials are green items sure to entertain you kiddos and their cabin mates.
Whether you tag your lil one's items by choice or to meet day and overnight camp requirements, most mamas don't have the time to stitch the tickets through all of their children's goods. From traditional sewn-in labels to ink stamps and permanent markers, we've rounded up several shortcuts for completing the chore.
When Joaquin Phoenix became an unintentional astronaut in Space Camp what child didn't pack their bags and ask their parents to sign them up? For nature lovers there are log cabin camps with mess halls and communal showers. For the youngster destined to take the stage as a triple threat there are getaways that offer vocal, dance and acting lessons. Talk to your child about what type of overnight camp best fits their interest and then get planning. We've rounded up a couple of fun options to get the conversation going.
After spending a weekend in camp country, I got nostalgic about the old beat up camp trunk I took on my childhood trips. Camps usually send a list to parents to help them prepare their kiddos for the weeks away from home, but it helps to have a second checklist to cross-reference so mama feels good about putting her sweet babe on the bus. Print this roster out and get to folding!
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Fireside marshmallow roasts, color war competitions and late night shaving cream fights — it's no wonder that a whopping 75 percent of lilsugar readers told us that they would send their lil ones to sleep away camp. Being away from home, whether it is for one or a number of weeks helps tots build self-esteem, learn social, artistic, and athletic skills and establish their independence. While some friends started going away to camp at the ripe old age of five and continued going until they graduated to counselor status, I know a couple that met at camp when they were 10 and married a dozen years later.
What do you think is the appropriate age to begin overnight camp?
Photo courtesy of Camp Saginaw