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Spring break is approaching and summer is just around the corner, meaning camp signups are near. Parents of veteran campers may fret over the paperwork and packing but for parents new to summer camp, the thought of sending their kids off can be worrisome. That’s where kid’s camp care packages come into play.

Children of all ages can benefit from attending an overnight camp whether it’s sports related, outdoors, religious or just for fun. Memories from camp stick with your kid for years to come and friendships even longer.

The Wonderful World of Sleepaway Camps

Sleepaway camps offer many opportunities for your child to grow as an individual and take responsibility. They are allowed to make their own choices when it comes to meal options, down time activities, and who they hang out with. With tons of physical activities like swimming, sports and games, your child will stay active and strengthen their team work skills. There are also a variety of activities like art and music to inspire their creative side. Your kids will be surrounded by great camp counselors and staff who serve as role models for your children to look up to. However, even with all of these things to do, homesickness can be very real. Kid’s camp care packages can take away the sting of being away.

Whether your child is worried about being away from home or practically out the door before you say ‘go’, every camper can appreciate a sweet care package from home. Packing a kid’s camp care package may even relieve some stress for you if the time away from you kid is too much. Plus, receiving mail is one of the most exciting experiences at camp. For some ideas on what to put in your care package, check out the themes below. Decorate your care package with these printable camping themed decorations and write a sweet note from home.


Camping themed kid’s care package ideas:

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham crackers
  • Chocolate
  • Snacks like pretzels and popped popcorn


Activities to send to your camper:

  • Frisbee
  • Jump rope
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Stickers
  • Playing cards
  • Watercolor paints
  • Glowsticks
  • Inflatable beach ball
  • Outdoor scavenger hunt
  • Decorations for their cabin
  • Funny note from the family pet with a printed picture


Items to capture your camper’s experience:

  • Drawstring backpack that friends can sign
  • Colored permanent markers
  • Matching friendship bracelets
  • Journal with pen
  • Disposable camera (or two)
  • Silly photo props like fake mustaches and crazy sunglasses


Using these kid’s camp care package ideas and printable decorations will make the perfect care package for your camper. Now all you have to do is wait for their arrival to hear about all the fun they had at camp!


Looking for more outdoor adventure ideas for kids? Check out the book 100 Awesome Outdoor Family Adventures >

Steve Lemig

Steve Lemig is the founder of Wilderdad. He's been a lot of things over the years. Skateboarder. Mountain biker. Climber. Snowboarder. Bike mechanic. Forest firefighter. Woodworker. Creative director. These days he's a runner, writer, husband, and father. He writes stories to empower dads and encourage them to share outdoor adventures with their kids as a tool to strengthen families and build respect for the environment. He has also been the Communications Director at Road Runner Sports for the last 13 years.

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