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What Should I Write in Letters to My Camper?


Writing a letter to your camper can be a powerful way to provide support and encouragement during their time at camp. Here’s how you can craft a letter that helps your camper thrive.

Refrain from mentioning how much fun your camper may be missing at home, as this can inadvertently trigger homesickness. Instead, focus on offering encouragement and support for them to embrace and enjoy their time at camp. A brief note to let them know you’re thinking of them is all that’s needed to maintain a strong connection.

Share Your Love and Encouragement
Begin your letter by expressing your love and pride for your camper. Let them know that you believe in them and are rooting for their success at camp. Reassure them of your support and encouragement, and remind them of their strengths and capabilities.

Offer Words of Wisdom
Include uplifting quotes, personal anecdotes, or words of wisdom that you think will resonate with your camper. Please encourage them to stay positive, embrace challenges, and make the most of every moment at camp.

Ask Open-Ended Questions
Show genuine interest in your camper’s experience by asking open-ended questions about their activities, new friends, and adventures. This encourages them to share their thoughts and feelings while also providing an opportunity for meaningful communication.

Make It Fun with a Madlib!
To add an extra dose of fun and laughter to your letter, consider including a Madlib for your camper to complete! Let your camper fill in the blanks with their own words, and enjoy the hilarity that ensues.

“Dear [Name of Family Member], Here I am at Cheley. I am having a [adjective] time! I am living in [cabin/wagon name]. So far, I have gone [activity] and [activity]. My favorite thing about camp is [plural noun]. I have made so many friends, including [friend’s name] and [friend’s name]. They are so [adjective]. I miss [noun]. See you soon! Love, [Camper’s Name]”

Include a Special Memento
Consider including a small, meaningful item in your letter, such as a family photo, a drawing, or a keepsake that reminds your camper of home. This can provide comfort and reassurance during their time away.

Remember, Your Love and Support Matter Most
Above all, let your camper know that you are thinking of them, cheering them on, and eagerly awaiting their return. Your love and support will help them feel connected to home while also empowering them to make the most of their camp experience.

So, grab a pen, a piece of paper, and your favorite memories, and start writing a letter that will uplift your camper and help them thrive at camp!