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Camp Care Packages

I missed the farmers’ market this morning to drive Annalena to the airport. She’s going to a very not-New England camp for a couple of weeks with her best friend from fourth grade. I’m not going to name of the camp here, though it’ll be obvious to some of you from this photo. Suffice to say that I’m happy my girl will get indoctrinated with a big dose of core values from the old country, plus learn some useful skills, like how to ride a unicycle.

Re: camp care packages. So far I’ve gathered glow sticks, temporary butterfly tattoos, temporary henna tattoos, a poker deck, fancy lip balm, turkey jerky, lollipops (sugar free so as not to be confiscated), bubbles, a “Grow a Pirate,” fortune telling fish, postcards and stamps, and a Red Sox pen that doubles as a flashlight. I’m also thinking to throw in some pretzels and chips to share with her tipi mates. Other ideas?

6 Responses to Camp Care Packages

  1. Dan Shaw says:

    Check whether the camp allows food. I sent my niece $30 worth of Sweet Williams cookies last summer ($10 to mail) and got a thank you note that read, “Thanks, Uncle Dan. NO FOOD ALLOWED!!!” She assumed the counselors ate the sweets. I am sending her a funky box of stationery from The Paper Trail in Rhinebeck this year. And stamps.

  2. Kitt says:

    Yeah, camps often ban food in care packages. Does she have a headlamp? Those are super-handy. A pretty bandanna. Safety pins. Socks.

  3. Gina Hyams says:

    This camp bans sugar in care packages, but healthy-ish treats are okay.

    Uncle Dan, I want to go to camp so you send ME funky stationery from The Paper Trail.

  4. Dan Shaw says:

    You won’t believe it: The stationery I bought is produced by….Chronicle Books! It’s called Miso Pretty.

    http://www.chroniclebooks.com/index/main,book-info/store,books/products_id,6539/title,Miso-Pretty-Mix-and-Match-Stationery/

  5. Gina Hyams says:

    Actually, I’d believe it. One of the best things about being a Chronicle author is the 40% discount off Chronicle everything, so I always pick up stationery when I reorder copies of my books.

  6. Bess says:

    Miso Pretty is a Blue Q line, the brain child of the incredibly creative and wonderful Nash brothers, based here in the Berkshires

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