Ideas for Summer Camp Care Packages

Ideas for Summer Camp Care Packages

Ah, summer. Weather is warm, school is out and camp season is underway. Give your kiddos a camp care package that stands out from the rest with paper and packaging.

Care Package Items

Before you start shopping and packing, read your kids’ camp policy on what you can and can’t send. For example, some sleepaway camps may discourage candy or other foods. Once you know what’s forbidden and encouraged, check out these summer camp care package ideas for inspiration.

  • Reading materials: magazines, books and comics
  • Games and goodies for the group: items your kids and their cabin mates can enjoy together, such as playing cards.
  • Pictures: photos of the family and pets. Tip: Many camps will post pictures of daily activities online. Find a group picture of your kids’ cabin and print it out for her care package. It’ll be a fun little surprise she can hang next to her bed or inside the cabin door.
  • Activities for downtime: puzzles, coloring books and mind games

Other fun summer camp care package ideas include snacks and meal enhancers like ketchup (if food is permitted), disposable cameras, batteries for electronics, magic tricks, additional toiletries, forgotten items and glow sticks.

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Pack and Decorate Your Custom Care Package

Create a unique care package by making sure it’s not just what’s inside the box that’s special, but also the experience your camper gets when opening it.

Make it count. Consider packing multiple gifts or letters together in one super care package. You can create an envelope train filled with handwritten letters each labeled with the day it’s to be opened, or wrap small gifts in a similar manner. Know your kiddos are going snorkeling July 7? Wrap an underwater camera with a message that says, “Open me the evening of July 6!”

Dress it up. Use tissue or wrapping paper to individually wrap each item. If you’re sending a cylinder jar of candy or cookies, use construction paper to cover and decorate the outside. Then cut out letters to create your campers’ initials and glue them on top.

Or, individually wrap candy and other goodies in a crepe paper mystery ball that your kids can unravel to discover all the surprises tucked inside.

Add a colorful bang to your box. Line the inside flaps of your care package box with bold construction paper. Use his favorite colors and her most-loved sequins, glitter, stamps and cutouts to spell out messages. Get creative—it’s one of the first things your little one will see.

Make a homemade card. Use construction paper, stencils, stickers, stamps, markers and glitter to create a unique homemade card with a handwritten, personalized note. Write encouraging words from back home letting your camper know he or she is loved and missed. You can also include updates from family members and neighbors, jokes and funny stories.

Out of practice penning handwritten letters? Check out these tips from Grace Atwood, founder of lifestyle blog The Stripe.

Place all your wrapped gifts, envelopes and games inside the camp care package with your card on top.

Help Them Write Home with Paper

Before sealing the box, toss in a set of pre-addressed stationery or postcards that your campers can use not only to thank you for sending cool care packages, but also to write to family and friends about their summer camp adventures.

Adventure Land postcard

Download and print these “Greetings from Adventureland” postcards on card stock and include them in your summer camp care packages. Pre-address and stamp several of the postcards before tying them up with a curled ribbon and placing them inside your custom care package.