The bugle calls and campers gather round to see to see who got mail. These are the moments that result in family stories, future comedy routines, or psychiatric visits. Make sure you little camper gets lots of short letters, post cards and care packages! Here are few ideas to keep a smile on your child’s face:
- Keep it short! Better a note or post card with a funny picture that just says “Thinking of You” than a laundry list of your day’s events.
- My mother always sent rebuses and word puzzles. A rebus is a sentence or phrase that uses pictures and letters instead place of words. Ex. An eyeball to replace “I”, a heart to replace “love” and a female sheep, ewe, (use eyelashes on the eyes) to replace “you”. Send the answer the following day.
- Ransom note style letter. Cut out letters from magazines. Don’t know why but this was one of my favorites.
- Send games that the entire bunk/tent can play. Cards, pick up sticks, Ad Libs, charades, Monkeys in a Barrel…Don’t spend too much money. The pieces will probably be lost!
- Send stamped postcards and MAYBE you’ll get a card back.
- Send fill in the blank letters w/ stamped envelope. Here’s what I used to send my kids: Dear Wonderful Mother, I have ____kids in my bunk. The weather has been (circle one) rainy, hot, just right. You get the idea.
- Send a disposable camera and write your child’s name on it in permanent magic marker. My daughter lost her camera one year. No pictures-sob- and no camera-ouch! Double whammy!