Summer camp season is in full swing! Are your grandchildren off on camp adventures, making new friends, exploring new skills and enjoying some time away from home?
While camp is something most kids look forward to, being away from home—whether for a few days or a few weeks—can cause a little homesickness for kids, whether they’ll admit it or not. Why not take some time to let your grandchildren know you’re thinking of them while they’re away at camp by sending a little care package?
First, here are a few tips before you send your grandchild a care package.
• Check with the camp admin to find out if you can purchase a care package directly through them, which camp staff will assemble and deliver to your grandchild. If so, this is a convenient option, and you’ll know that everything in the care package meets camp rules and regulations.
• If not sending a care package directly through the camp, check into any guidelines for what can and cannot be included in care packages to campers. Some camps will allow parents and grandparents to send food items while other camps have strict rules against food in cabins (you wouldn’t want your care package to attract any bears, after all!)
Care Package Ideas
If you’re sending a care package to a granddaughter, here are a few things to consider:
• A book
• A coloring book and colored pencils/crayons/markers (depending on her age)
• A new towel and washcloth
• A journal and pen
• A package of new socks
• Personal care items like lotion, chapstick, etc.
• A small puzzle or deck of cards
If you’re sending a care package to a grandson, he might enjoy some of these items:
* A small foam ball or Frisbee
• A new t-shirt
• A new pair of underwear and/or socks
• Personal care items like deodorant, toothpaste, chapstick, etc.
• A small game or deck of cards
• A book or magazine
A few other ideas that any child will enjoy:
• A new memory card for his/her digital camera (or a disposable camera)
• A water bottle
• Homemade treats (if allowed)
• A handwritten letter letting him/her know they are missed
• A new set of pajamas
• A piece of home, such as a favorite stuffed animal or a family photo
Keep in mind that whatever you send should be intended to lift the child’s spirits—for some children, a family photo, for example, may make them even more homesick. When in doubt, confer with your grandchild’s parents before shipping a care package off to camp.