- Get Involved
- Education & Events
- Publications & Research
- About ACA
Hugs from Home – Keeping in Touch with Campers is Critical Part of Camp Experience
This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the organized camp experience. And, while much about the camp experience has evolved and adapted to meet the needs of today’s families, at its core the essentials of the camp experience are the same. And, many of the traditions of camp, like letters from home, remain a critical part of the camp experience.
Letter writing is quickly becoming a lost art to today’s younger generations. In a world of constant and immediate electronic connection, the letter has become a unique reminder of time spent at camp. In addition to preserving memories, children use language arts and handwriting skills when sending a letter – skills that may not be otherwise used during the summer break.
Camp not only provides an opportunity for healthy separation, it also provides an opportunity for families to let campers know just how much they are loved at home. And, words of confidence and encouragement from home reinforce the independence and self-reliance being developed at camp. The American Camp Association® (ACA) provides the following tips to help families communicate with campers, and be a part of the life-changing experience of camp from afar:
- Give your child pre-addressed, stamped envelopes or postcards so that he or she can