10 Things to mail your child at Summer Camp

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 My kids LOVE #1 and #8.  Crazy Things to mail your child at Sleep Away Camp | the House of Hendrix #campcarepackagesThis afternoon I put my daughter on a plane to sleep away camp. It was the first time she has flown by herself. Two months ago when we made the plane reservations, it sounded like a cost-effective way to get her there. She would read a book and two hours later be there. She was fine with it.

Sensing a bit of anxiety in her this morning, we intentionally laughed our way through the airport.

After pizza and ice cream, they called her to pre-board. They told me to say my goodbyes because I was not allowed on the boardwalk. In an instant my heart sank.  It felt as if they were taking her through the double doors into surgery. I did the worst thing a parent could do in that situation. My eyes filled with tears, drawing instant insecurity across her face.

I watched as they shuffled her down the boardwalk until she turned the corner. I could no longer see her long blond hair. I  uncharacteristically freaked.

They had not begun boarding the rest of the plane when I asked, “May I please meet the flight attendant assigned to her?” “No ma’am. He is not allowed to get off the plane.” I explained I

Honest post on letting your child fly alone.

would just like to lock eyes with the person I have entrusted my daughter to, a gesture I hoped would evoke an element of accountability for my 11-year-old.  The ticket clerks launched into a lengthy  protocol of airline policy regarding unaccompanied minors.

As they insisted the man who signed off to watch this child had 20 years of experience, my tears resurfaced as I meekly said, “But this isn’t just SOME child…this is MY child.”  They froze as I  peered out the window towards the plane which eventually departed. “She’s not just a child! She is MY child.”

There it is. My love for Lily demanded more than just standard protocol for her life. I wanted a higher standard over her…to protect her, comfort her, and keep her from harm.  Isn’t that how God feels about us? We’re not just another person. We are HIS children. He wants more for us. He wants to protect us, comfort us, and keep us from harm. Then I remember our conversation after finding a great parking spot right by the airport elevator. I said in my delight, “Yay! God’s hand is all over us today”.  She replied, “Totally Mom. He’s massaging us with His goodness.” With that I remembered, she was going to be just fine.


10 crazy things to send your child at SLEEP AWAY CAMP

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  1. A LETTER FROM YOUR PET-The big worry in sending a letter to camp is not wanting to make them miss home. Last year our letters were all sent from our hamster, Pumpkin Muffin. We gave my daughter an update but it was from his perspective. She loved it and read the letters to the girls in her barn. This year her bunny is writing them.                                                                                  
  2. A BOX FILLED WITH WIGS,  TUTUS, and one of these CRAZY HATS- Camps usually have several costume parties and everybody loves a ridiculous wig or pair of crazy glasses.Tutus make everything more fun. Fun ideas of things to mail to your kids at camp.Mail a box of crazy hats, tutus, and these ridiculous things to your child at sleep away camp10 Crazy things to mail your child at Sleep Away Camp
  3. MAD LIBS   Camp Mad Libs
  4. NFL Playing Cards – Does your child have a favorite sports team? Order playing cards with that team. Great ideas to include in a care package to camp.
  5. NIGHTTIME FUN KIT-  Glow in the dark body paint, bracelets, and shoe laces
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  7. Crazy Creek Chair – This is the ultimate cool chair at camp. From sitting around the camp fire to the gatherings at night, this chair goes everywhere. 71+hhgHL7wL._SL1500_
  8. BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS -Here is a book list for middle schoolers.Great books to mail to kids at slwwp away  camp For younger kids here are cute books all about camp.Click image for full list.Cam Jansen at Camp
  9. BOOK LIGHT – Every reader needs a light for quiet time especially in a room with a dozen other kids.Every camper needs a book light for quiet time. Fun things to mail your child at sleep away camp
  10. PRE WRAP!!!- my daughter’s favorite!! We make headbands, bracelets, and all sorts of fun creations with this gauzey, lightweight material.Our camp doesn’t allow duck tape for obvious reasons, but pre wrap is fabulous! 10 Crazy Things to mail your child at Sleep Away Camp [ the House of Hendrix10 crazy things to mail your child at camp
  11.  Insanely Cool Spheres – These balls start out small but expand in 2 seconds to enormous spheres. The glow-in-the-dark factor even makes them cooler. We learned about these at the Science Center.10 Crazy Cool things to send your child at Summer Camp
  12. QUIET TIME KIT deck of cards. a book with a book light, friendship bracelet kit10 Crazy Things to mail your child at Sleep Away Camp [ the House of Hendrix10 Crazy Things to mail your child at Sleep Away Camp [ the House of HendrixRainbow Loom kit - 10 Things to mail your child at Sleep Away Camp
  13. STATIONERY pre-addressed and stamped envelopes with colored pencils and stickers…but do something funny on the paper. Start the letter for them in a humorous way like, “Dear Mom and Dad, I haven’t brushed my teeth or taken a shower since I got here” or something your child would find funny.
  14. COLORED ZINC – Worry about them not wearing sunscreen? Throw in some colored zinc and they are sure to decorate their faces in all sorts of ridiculous fashion.10 Crazy Things to mail your child at Camp10 Crazy Things to mail your child at Sleep Away Camp [ the House of Hendrix
  15. TEMPORARY HAND TATTOOS – great to share with lots of kids too. Can’t you imagine a cabin of boys and a “Shark Attack” with these?

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SOUVENIR TO DECORATE a pillow case, white towel,  or plain white t-shirt with fabric markers so everybody can sign. You could even send a t-shirt for each child in the cabin.       10 crazy things to mail to your child at CAMP

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28 thoughts on “10 Things to mail your child at Summer Camp

  1. That is great, Alli! I will be packing Elizabeth up for the very same thing…plan & 2 weeks away. Thanks for the tips and reminder that I know she is good to go!

  2. Found this through Pinterest – great ideas!! Every year at camp one of my friends would get an enormous box of Jelly Belly jelly beans that she would share with the whole cabin. It made her super popular and was something we always looked forward to.

  3. If your son plays the card game Magic, Ebay sells “culled” decks that are of super high quality/utility in the game, for not so much money. My son loved them last year.

  4. Shoot! My kiddos just got home from camp. I’m starting a new board just for ideas like this for next year. We can’t send packages, but I can wrap these fun goodies up and pack them in their trunks! Thank you! (To add to your list, I also mail free printable word searches and send them with fake mustaches for everyone in the cabin.)

  5. My son is 22 but travels across the country working on pipelines. He would still love a letter from our cats that we have had since he was 10. Great ideas.

  6. Alli!!! Landon left for 2 weeks of camp today so i was looking for fun things to send to camp and yours was one of the top ten google results! What great ideas:)

    • Yay! That’s so fun you popped to this site. I was never allowed to go to camp as a kid, so it’s foreign to me. My daughter loves it though. Her favorite though is getting letters from the pet. Much Love to you all, Alli

  7. I love your ideas for camp. I may use some of them as my son is in his second year of college! I want to send him different things this semester. thanks for sharing

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  9. I’m not a parent, but a summer camp counselor at camps with 1 week sessions. I’ve been perusing pinterest for ideas and fun! One of my favorite things is when pets send letters or postcards! The kids (my experience is with elementary school kids) LOVE it! They read that letter to everyone and it brings such big smiles to their faces. It’s as cheap as the paper and stamp to get it there! Heck, it’s basically free if you send it in an envelope with a letter from you! They also love getting letters or pictures from siblings, even the ones so young that all they do is scribble.

    Any time you can make something they don’t like doing but have to do (teeth brushing…) fun, is great!

    Just be aware of what is allowed and what is typical at your camp. I’m not saying to do only what others do, but if it’s rare that kids at the camp get any packages don’t send a daily package with lots of toys and candy, especially without anything to share. Also, be aware of food rules, especially with allergies as prevalent as they are. If food isn’t allowed and you sneak in some candy that has nuts in it and your kid hides it and potentially shares it or doesn’t wash their hands before touching other things kids can have severe allergic reactions especially if they don’t know the kid has allergies. I’m really excited that this article focused on non-food items and included a few easy/cheap/free and items to share! Of course I’m not at all saying that you can’t send things just for your kid but just ask the directors what is typical and what is allowed. I also like notebooks and pens, cards or little games the kids can play together if your kid wants to. 🙂 Love this post!

  10. Just sent our granddaughter off to resident horse camp today. I’m shopping for some of these items and sending them via the quickest way possible! Thanks for such fun ideas! BTW, it was a tradition in our home that, as soon as each turned 5 years old, each of our 2 boys took his first solo plane ride from our home in Seattle to see Grandma and Papa in southern California. They were so proud of themselves! They are now 28 and 34 and speak fondly of their “independence”. Enjoy your summer!

    • I love hearing that solo flying grew your sons independence. I think kids so desperately desire to be given opportunities to be independent, but I struggle with knowing exactly what those limits should be. Thanks for commenting Lu.

  11. I sent my daughter a flip flop at camp (unwrapped). I just wrote the name and address with sharpie right on the flip flop! I gave her the matching one later when I went to get her. There are lots of other ideas of things you can send without wrapping, as long as they are under 13 ounces! Have fun!

  12. Your post was EXACTLY what I needed! My 11 year old is off to camp again this summer and I kinda missed the mark on fun stuff last year. I can’t wait to “borrow” your ideas! The pet one is FABULOUS!!! She would giggle at “pumpkin muffin”!

  13. Great ideas, my 9 yr old is going for the first time this year. I made her a quick quilt with two twin bed sheets. I’m going to send her with some Sharpies for her cabin mates to sign at the end. I had made a white one for myself when I was away at college as a RA, I had each resident sign it before I would release them from their room. Now 23 years later I have a written memory of my college years. I figure she can keep taking it back year after year for memories that will last forever.

  14. I want to recommend a Flipside pillowcase! It’s a super soft fabric with colorful and inspirational messages on one side and the other side is cotton with a non toxic marker for autographs. We started with messages from home then mailed it for their friends to finish. It fits a standard pillowcase so it practical! They love it!


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