It’s about that time of year when parents start to nail down the kids’ summer plans. They get the packing check-list started, shop for new swimsuits and shower shoes, get those twin-sized sheets down from the closet for the camp bunk-beds…. It’s a busy time. It’s really too bad parents don’t get a couple of weeks off before summer starts to actually PLAN their kids’ summers. One thing I’ve noticed over the last few years is that some parents are putting a LOT of planning and worry into sending their children mail and packages to camp. It is sometimes so planned out that mom shows up on Opening Day with 7 packages, each labeled with the specific day that little Johnny should receive the package. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to send a little something to your child to brighten their day…. it certainly does get them excited when they receive a package from home….. there IS something ironic about sending your child a gift every single day they are at camp. I mean… YOU SENT THEM TO CAMP!! That is a HUGE gift in itself! Camp is a gift. It’s not a cheap gift, either. Maybe if we talked about how much of a gift camp really is with our children, they would be more thankful for each day they are there. I’d love to take the stress out of all of your lives and say NO PACKAGES but I know that wouldn’t fly. We would like to encourage you, though, to keep them to a minimum. Maybe one package while your camper is here. We aren’t making this a rule – this year – but a suggestion.
It will take the stress out of YOUR lives, help us keep the cabins de-cluttered, and help your child focus on CAMP and the gift that it is instead of new toys or gadgets, candy stuffed in teddy bears, etc. from home that end up getting confiscated anyways.
<——- This is how we feel when the UPS man arrives at camp some days. 🙂 Imagine our joy/panic when we realize we have one hour before lunch and have to sort/label/deliver these packages before rest period. It’s a labor of LOVE!
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. If your child receives a letter from you every single day, does that give them any time at all to miss you? Of course we want you to write your child a letter. A hand written letter is something that can be cherished for years! I’ve got mail that my family and friends sent to me when I was a camper 20 years ago. Seriously, I could show you. They are precious to me and I can remember the feeling when my name would be called out to come get my mail. Such pride! But I also remember the days when my name wasn’t called. It was kinda sad. I’d sit back on my bunk and miss my family a little more those days. Wondered what they were up to. (Heart growing fonder, here.) It definitely made me more thankful for the times I did get a letter, instead of just expecting one every day. How about encouraging your camper to write letters to other bunk-mates or their siblings in the other camp? I don’t want you to hear that we are discouraging letter writing. I just see how many letters and packages some campers get and wonder if parents are ever trying to one-up the other parents or trying to spoil their child from afar when, really, the best thing gained/received at camp is…. MEMORIES and FRIENDSHIPS! Not stuff. The stuff = distraction from camp. And isn’t that one of the awesome purposes of sending your kids to camp? To get away from the distractions? That’s a whole ‘nother blog post, there, folks. 🙂
So, this summer, let’s all let our hearts grow fonder and our memories be clearer without distraction. DO send a package to your camper, but DON’T feel that you need to every other day. DO write hand-written letters to your babe, but DON’T worry if they don’t respond the same day. If you aren’t receiving mail from your kids, it’s usually a good sign. 🙂 Just ask my Momma!
We love you guys and gals and can’t wait to see you all this summer! If we can be of any help to you as we get closer to camp, call us.
Next Vista Bubble Blog Post…. The Camp Store Goodies! hehehehe.. just kidding!
Much Vista Love, Sara K
By the way – Our Camp Package Rules
Please do not send campers: candy, gum, food, money, water balloons, water guns, silly string, any shooting toys, etc. Any packages containing food or any of these items will be picked up and disposed of at the Director’s discretion. No items will be returned for any reason.