Campers eagerly await mail call at summer overnight camps, hoping for messages and goodies from home. Often, overnight camp represents a youngster’s first taste of independence from home, so such surprises prove particularly welcome.
What are the secrets to the best camp care packages? Check out this handful of hints for parents, grandparents, and anyone else who may be creating a care package for a special camper.
1. Check camp rules before assembling a care package.
Many camps prohibit candy, gum, junk food, or other edible items in care packages. Often, this is a health or safety concern, as sweets may attract bugs, rodents, or dangerous animals into camp cabins or tents.
Camp staffers may inspect campers’ incoming parcels and confiscate electronic games, fireworks, toy weapons, and even medications. Cash, credit cards, debit cards, and gift cards may be forbidden as well. Besides, parents may have deposited sums in camp canteen or store accounts for campers to use.
A smart sender will read camp rules or telephone the camp office before loading up a box to send to a camper.
2. Choose thoughtful items for a camp care package.
What are the most popular items campers receive in surprise packages? Favorites include comic books, flip flops, hair accessories (for girls), joke books, magazines, family photos, playing cards, puzzles, stickers, temporary tattoos, travel-sized toiletries, and water balloons.
If a camp allows it, creative care packages may include baked goods, candies, fruit roll-ups, granola bars and other treats. A large zippered plastic bag may be included to keep such items fresh and free from pests.
3. Wrap camp care package items securely.
Nearly nothing proves more disappointing to an expectant camper than to find a care package ripped open or falling apart, with items clearly missing. A tightly fastened parcel can hold items safely and prevent package pokers from snitching surprises before the camper holds the box.
4. Address the care package accurately for your camper.
By labeling a care package clearly for a specific youngster, the sender can increase the odds of the right camper receives the goods. Savvy senders keep packages fairly plain, so they do not tempt others to open them along the way.
5. Ship your camp care package early.
Plenty of parents actually send summer camp care packages before their campers even leave home, to ensure the parcels arrive while kids can still use them.
A well-planned care package can express caring, giving an overnight camper an encouraging boost and a fun surprise. For a first-time camper or a child attending a multi-week camp program, such a gift can go a long way towards staving off homesickness and making loved ones not feel so far away.
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