UPDATED June 2nd, 2018
School is out, summer is here, and for kids everywhere that means one very important thing: CAMP!!! It also means awesome care package ideas time. Our inner child is currently squealing with glee at the very thought of spending the summer with our best friends. As important as the school year may be, the things your child will experience at summer camp can also influence who they are now and can help shape who they will be in the future. Kids will learn to work in groups, to cooperate, to get moving, to unplug from the social media and technology world, and to just be a kid. Sleep-away camp especially can teach kids how to be independent, how to make new friends, how to follow leadership (from someone who isn’t your parent) and how to become a leader as well. In addition, according to family therapist, Michael Ungar Ph.D. in a Psychology Today piece, “summer camps are places where children get the experiences they need to bolster their range of coping strategies.”
It’s undeniable that camp is an important part of growing up, for grown ups and kids. So as a parent, what can you do once your kids are gone? Well, you can relax, for starters. And then you can write letters or emails; but let’s be honest—you’re probably going to send a lot of care packages over the coming weeks. But what do you send? While junk food sounds fun, it will probably be confiscated, and it doesn’t exactly encourage the healthy, active lifestyle you’re hoping your kids enjoy during these summer weeks. If you’re looking to send creative, healthy items to send your kids at camp, here are a few care package ideas to get you started.