I know this past weekend and this coming week in the NorthEast, you might not be able to tell, but Spring is in the air. We’ve even had a couple of 70+ degree days and if I take a deep breath I swear it smells like camp. It’s a mix of sun-warmed grass/dirt and hot blacktop and I love it! I also find that I’m starting to see things online and in the stores and I’m thinking “my kids really need one of those for camp.”
I don’t know about you, but I’ve already started checking things off of my packing lists. I have one for each kid – 1 girl and 1 boy – that I modify at the end of each summer when trunks come home and I see what was and was not used. And as my kids age I know that their camp needs and wants will change so I keep the lists on my Google Drive and update them on the fly when I think of things.
For first-time parents, shopping and packing for camp can be overwhelming. It definitely doesn’t have to be, and please know that we are here to help guide you in whatever way we can. A great place to start is with our packing list. We updated it this year to reflect what we truly think kids will need for a summer at camp. Something we consistently hear from parents is that they over pack their kids, much like I over pack myself every time I travel but end up only wearing half of what I brought. Keep that in mind while packing and if your child finds that s/he is missing something, their supervisor will let you know. The one thing they definitely DO NOT need is any electronic device that connects to the internet. If they would like to bring a device that only plays music – like an iPod Shuffle – that is just fine. Be aware that things can get lost and/or dirty at camp so don’t send anything that will be a devastating loss for your child.
Again, feel free to reach out with any questions about packing, and start getting those lists ready. June will be here before you know it!
Your in Packing,
Aunt Robin Raskin