As my kids get older, our summers have become consumed by camps. Our church offers a camp for every school age group and of course I have a kid who is eligible for each group. So, we have become quite good at packing up for camp.
Thankfully now that my girls are older they pack for themselves. Packing for them when they were younger was quite the ordeal. Packing for boys is easy. So, here are a few of my best tips on how to pack for camp.
Pack for dirt. I don't know about your kids, but my kids usually go to camps that are hot and dirty. So I NEVER buy them new clothes for camp. We either pull out the old stuff or go to Goodwill or Salvation Army if they need anything, with the exception of socks & underwear. I like to send clothes that we call "disposable". If it gets really dirty or lost it is no big deal. It can be thrown away. I tell my boys that if it get's wet & muddy just throw it away. I know that girls are a little different, but the same concept can stand. Don't send clothes that would be missed if they didn't make it home.
Let them help you pack. Don't pack up your kids bags & not let them see what you put in the bag. They need to see what towels you put in there & what clothes. Even though they use these things at home all the time, for some reason when they get to camp they forget what it all looks like. Make sure they know their own stuff.
|Ben at camp|
Kids love mail! I am the absolute worst at this! That is why I started sending my husband to camp with my kids. LOL! The week before camp, you can get the mailing address for the camp & start mailing them letters before they even go. Some camps even have it set up where you can email your kid.
Snacks. Most camps have vending machines or an area the kids can buy snacks, but honestly they are so expensive! So I usually send some snacks with my kids. I send stuff that is individually wrapped so that they don' t have open packages of food left in their bag. That is nothing more than a giant WELCOME TO MY SUITCASE sign for ants & other nasty's.
Camps are so much fun & I am so thankful that my kids get to experience them. They learn so much and always come back excited about next year. I wasn't sure if I wanted my kids to do the "camp thing" as my experience as a kid was not always that great, but there are a lot of life lessons involved in spending a little bit of time away from Mom & Dad.
|Sarah worked this Summer as a counselor at Joni & Friends Camp.|