Saturday, May 15, 2010
Let's talk about CAMP!
Summer is almost HERE for many of us and it's time to think about CAMP!!!! I attended the best camp in the WORLD, and our girls will be there in the next few weeks!! It is always helpful to know what to pack and more importantly, HOW to pack for camp. For the sake of this post, I am going to say, "HER", but I can't wait for our son to go to camp too!
First of all, you do not want to send expensive jewelry or your absolute favorite children's dress to camp because they could get lost or ruined. We all love Lilly Pulitzer, but only send it if you're okay with it being damaged or ruined. For every session except for Junior Camp, your precious dahlin's clothes will be sent to the laundry, and the laundry DOES NOT SEPARATE colors and whites, to the best of my knowledge.
Your daughter will need some pre-addressed and stamped envelopes for writing letters. You should also type out a list of addresses for her, in case she wants to write extra letters. Be sure to ask her if she has some friends she'd like to write while she's at camp. Crane's Stationary and William Arthur are always precious, but the cute notecards at Target are fine too.
I always send my girls with some fun pens. It makes letter writing more fun! Stickers are great too!
Buy your daughter a disposable camera so that she can take her own pictures. You may not think the new foal is important, but she may. We have a whole slew of barn pictures from one of our girls!
If your daughter is older, send her with a digital camera. However, unless she is 16 or 17 and a photography major, I would not send her with your new Nikon D500!
Collect some family and friend photos for her so that she can hang them in her bunk area. Bring tape to help her hang the pictures.
Pack a warm jacket or sweatshirt for cold nights. Most camps do not have heat or a/c. You will also want to pack a personal fan. The battery operated fans can be found at Walmart or Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
Pack a BPA-free water bottle. Be sure to put her name on it with a sharpie pen.
Use a black sharpie marker to label everything.... clothes, cameras, pillowcases, towels, fans, books, underwear, bathing suit, goggles, etc. Put a sharpie in your purse so that you can use it on Opening Day if you buy her a new shirt at the camp store.
Pack her goggles!
Write a stack of letters to her BEFORE camp. They can include the reasons you love her, Bible verses, or cute funny pictures that you draw. Leave these in the camp post office and have them marked with your daughter's name and the day of the week. This way, she will have mail each day! For example: Bailey Rice - Monday
Be sure to share your daughter's (or son's) camp address with friends and family so that she will receive some mail! Encourage everyone to send mail early! You never know if a letter will take 2 or 5 days to arrive.
Remind your daughter that CAMP is the GIFT and she will not be receiving a package while she is away.
I buy gallon-sized ziploc bags and use them to pack an outfit per day. In the bag, I place underwear, a t-shirt, shorts, and socks. If she doesn't use the socks, they can stay clean in the bag. This makes it easier for a young girl to decide what to wear!!
Do pack a fun princess dress or dress up clothes. Evening programs usually incorporate such fun things.
If your daughter has a lovie or favorite stuffed animal or pillow, let her bring it!
Stay at a hotel near camp and if you see other young girls or boys, ask them if they are going to camp too. It's always fun to make a new friend before camp even starts.
Send an extra blanket for cold nights, but don't bring an interior decorator to put things together in her cabin. This is CAMP, not the Royal Palace. Some camps sell precious sweatshirt-material blankets with the camp name on them.
If your child is going to a longer session, you may want to bring a small gift for her camp counselor.
My friend, B, made cute devotional books for each of the girls in her daughter's cabin. At our camp, there is a daily Morning Program devotion and a cabin devotion at night.
Be sure to tell your child how much you will miss her, but that she is missing NOTHING at home!!
Be early. Your daughter will want to be early on Opening Day to choose her bunk, and you will want to be early to pick her up.
Encourage your sweet girl to have fun! If you find yourself with no children at home, make it a point to go enjoy some time ALONE with hubby! Take off work for a few days and explore the area near your camp or have a staycation at home without all of the normal distractions.
Sign your daughter up early for next year!!