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How to Prepare for a Summer at Camp

Updated: Jan 8

Summer is just around which means so is camp! To prepare for your summer away here are my top tips and tricks to have a smooth sailing summer.


Packing

1. Do not overpack

Overpacking is one of the most common things at camp. To avoid this, check out my camp packing blog.


2. Bring activities

At camp you find yourself having spare time whether that's during rest hours or on a rainy day, you want to have some books, a deck of cards, or anything else that you can play or do.


3. Pack clothes that can get dirty

Over the summer the clothes you bring can get dirty. Though laundry is done every week, clothes can get messy so do not bring nice clothes unless instructed.

Homesickness

Being homesick is normal! Please do not feel like you're mistaken for being homesick, it is a very usual thing that happens to most campers.

1. Avoid pictures

Bringing pictures to camp may sound like a good idea but I would recommend not to bring them. Pictures of family, friends, and pets can lead to homesickness and make you miss home.

2. Send/Receive 2-4 letters a week

Getting multiple letters from your parents can make you feel lonely. Tell your parents to write you less often. When writing letters, do not overthink what you are saying and you do not have to write a lot. Over-communication can make you miss home rather than think about all the good parts of camp.


3. Talk to people

Feeling homesick at camp is completely normal and everyone has experienced it. Whether you want to talk to a counselor or a previous camp member, talking to people makes being homesick so much better.


I hope these tips help you prepare for your summer away. For more packing details, check out my previous blog posts!


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