9 Ideas for Camp Care Packages That Are Sure to Please

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Summer camp comes in all shapes and sizes. There’s your traditional sleeping in cabins, swimming in lakes, and telling stories around a campfire camp, but there are also summer camps for music, academics, and athletics. There are even adult summer camps.


Parents love the peace and quiet when the kids are at camp, and the kids love the fun and adventure of meeting new people and trying new things, but inevitably you will miss each other. That’s when ideas for camp care packages come in handy. Here are some great ideas to put in a camp care package.

1. Swim Gear

Put together a lovely care package with a beach theme. Send a new suit, a groovy hat, and a cool and colorful beach towel. Throw in some sunscreen and bug spray, and they’ll be all set for the day on the lake.

2. Splash Balls

There’s more than one way to help your kids stay cool at camp. One of the best summer camp care package ideas is reusable water balloons. You can have silicone self-sealing reusable balloons shipped from Amazon, or check out your local craft fair to find crocheted water balloons, or make some yourself. Great entertainment for your kids and their new camp friends.

3. Correspondence Care Package

They may only be gone for a week, but getting a letter while they’re gone is nice. Send them a note to tell them how much you miss them, and you can encourage a letter back by sending it with a lovely gift of fancy or personalized stationery and a nice pen. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope to make it easier for them to write back.

4. Basket of Snacks

Any list of teen camp care package ideas should probably include snacks. Teens are always hungry; summer camp's extra activity and fresh air can make them downright ravenous. Put together a care package of their favorite snacks, or shop online and ship some Cookie Comforts.


Is your child celebrating a birthday while at camp? Make it memorable with some birthday cookies they can share. Make sure you consult camp administrators first to ensure no food restrictions.

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5. Let It Glow

When the fireflies show, it’s time to glow. You can put many fun glow-in-the-dark items in a camp care package. Some glow-in-the-dark summer camp care package ideas include:


  • Glow Sticks
  • Necklaces
  • Bracelets
  • Beach Balls
  • Glow Critters
  • Glasses
  • Body Paint
  • Koosh Balls
  • Stress Toys

6. Game On

If your child’s summer camp revolves around outdoor activities, a rainy day can wreak havoc on the day’s festivities. Send a variety pack of card games. You can go with the old reliables like Crazy 8s, Go Fish, Old Maid, and Slap Jack. Or put together a variety of Uno games. There are also some new super-fun card games like:


  • Rat-a-Tat Cat
  • Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
  • Exploding Kittens
  • Taco vs. Burrito

Mini board games are fun and functional, as they will be easy for your kid to pack when it’s time to return home. Hasbro has miniature versions of:


  • Operation
  • Risk
  • Battleship
  • Connect Four
  • Taboo

7. Crafting and Creativity

Many summer camps already include craft time, but perhaps your child needs more creative time. During rest time or on rainy days, they can fill their time with:


  • Coloring books and colored pencils
  • Rock painting
  • Pre-printed canvases with paints or markers
  • Friendship bracelet weaving
  • Rainbow scratch paper

8. Reading Room

Kids aren’t always ready for sleep when quiet hours begin. This is a great time for them to bring out a book. Send a particular book series they like or a combination of books that pertain to their camp experience. And don’t forget the book light and batteries!

9. Making Memories

Summer camp can be some of the best times for a child, but it can also be a little scary and lonely. Send them a journal and encourage them to write down all of their feelings, good or bad, happy or sad. They can share it with you when they return or keep it for themselves.


You can also help them retain those memories with commemorative gifts such as:


  • Scrapbooking kit
  • Autograph book
  • Autograph pillow
  • Autograph stuffed animal

Keep It Simple

Online shopping can make ideas for camp care packages super simple. Visit Spoonful of Comfort and shop our care packages today!

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