Kids love to laugh so when our kids spent a week at circle square ranch we jumped at the chance to make them giggle. Writing letters to your kids at camp is weird and sometimes it can be hard to know what to write. Since the only way we could communicate with them was by “mail” we started writing them letters a few days before they left. For most of us, the days when people wrote long, thoughtful letters to anyone have long gone and the only mail they ever get is a hastily signed Birthday card with a cheque included.
Anyways, back to the letters to the kids. Since they were only going to be there for a week we pre-wrote all of them handed them in along with their bug spray and small medicine bag “for emergencies” for their cabin leader to give them each and every morning.
The tricky part is trying to figure out what to write!
To keep letters fun and entertaining for your camper, here are some creative ideas.
1. Fill-in-the- blanks (we created the one pictured below)
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2. Knock knock jokes. What better way to get to know your bunkmates then sharing a giggle?
3. Letters from the pets. Mix it up by writing a letter from the perspective of your family pet, a stuffed animal or their favourite video game. I’m giggle now just thinking about how sad the nintendo has been all week feeling unloved and ignored.
4. Create a “top ten list” like “Top 10 events at home this week” including boring stuff like eating leftovers and scrubbing the toilets. or “Top 10 things we ate this week” and include gross stuff like cooked spinach and liver.
5. Ask them questions about their time at camp!
Before you know it the kids will be back from camp and are fighting over the last granola bar in the backseat of the mini van…
Have you written letters to your kids at camp before? What did you include? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
My kids have never been to sleepaway camp. I know quite a few that go and these sure would be great! I’ll have to share.
Mimi Green says
This is so cute and so fun. I went to away camp once and I recall writing my Mom. I look forward tot he day I can do this with my own kids. Mad Libs were so freaking fun.
great ideas to keep camping fun! my daughter is a little young for this but ill keep it in mind in the future!
Jennifer Van Huss says
These are great ideas!! I don’t have any kids going off to camp but I do have a nephew that lives far a way and would love to receive this!! Thanks for the ideas!
Jennifer B says
These letter ideas are really cute! I will keep these in mind if my kiddos decide they want to go away to camp!
I think next year we are also going to include some little treats in our letters ..maybe a funky pair of socks or a package of mustaches to share with the cabin. They had so much fun sharing the knock knock jokes with their cabin.
What a cute idea! I wish I had memories of going to camp as a kid, but hopefully I’ll be able to send our kids for the experience. This looks like such a fun thing to send with them.
maria @ close to home says
I just threw out some camp letters my kids wrote a fw years ago. wish I would have thought of this.
Tatanisha Worthey says
What a fun idea! My kids went to camp the first time a few years ago and this would have been great to have!
laura londergan says
what cute ideas! I especially love the idea about a letter from the pet – my daughter would get such a kick out of that!
What a cute and creative letter. I’ve never had kids attend camp. My one and only will be two next month, so I don’t have to worry about that for awhile. 🙂
Toni | BoulderLocavore.com says
I haven’t tried this before! These are so cool and fun! I love the letters from pets and knock knock jokes. My son will surely enjoy those. 😀
I grew up attending summer camp every year from the time I was 8 until 18. My parents sent letters, but nothing this creative. So cute!
This is such a cute and fun idea! My kids are too young for sleep away camp, but I went as a kid and loved it so I see my kids going as well when they get older.