Here are some ideas to include in an easy, fun package:
- A book. Perhaps the next book in a favorite series or a joke book for sharing with cabin mates.
- A sticker to add to her trunk if she has one.
- Notecards. Find fun ones made for campers and add some small stickers so he can decorate the cards himself.
- A craft. Choose wisely. Crafts that work best have few parts and no paint.
- Speaking of crafts... if your camper enjoys making friendship bracelets then a few more spools of thread in bright colors are always welcome.
- A deck of cards. Cards are a great cabin pastime and a new, full deck may be just what the cabin needs after playing 100 rounds of Peon and bending a few too many cards.
- Water bottle. It's been a wonderfully warm summer in many states, so if your camper doesn't already have a water bottle on hand, he would likely appreciate one.
- Check out regional rate boxes from the US Post Office for mailing your packages. If your camper attends a camp within a state or two from home, then these rates are a great value.
- The box or envelope is part of the package so decorate the shipping container too! Get out your indelible markers and a box of stickers and be a child again as you decorate.
- Have fun packaging up what's in the box. Put sticky notes on each item with knock-knock jokes or wrap the items up in colorful pages from recycled magazines.
- Verify any do's and don'ts from your camp. Most camps do not allow food to be sent to campers for a multitude of sound reasons, not the least of which is helping your child have a healthy summer. So check if there are any items that cannot be sent.
The whole experience makes receiving a package fun at summer camp. Also check out Writing Your Summer Camper .