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It’s warming up, and kids are almost ready to head out to camp for the summer! Jewish summer camps exist for nearly all levels of observance, so always consider what an acceptable gift for your camper at their specific camp is. These summer camp programs provide a safe place for children to develop social skills, explore their faith, make decisions, and experience nature. Did you know that childhood socialization may be more beneficial to growth and development than reading or eating veggies?!
Fun Gift Ideas for a Camper Attending Jewish Summer Camp
As the kids head out to their sleepaway camps, here are some ideas that would make great gifts for your camper this summer!
Travel Art Kit for Kids
Ideal for packing in their backpack as they travel to camp. Or small enough to tuck in a trunk or duffel for cabin fun once they arrive at camp!
Custom Playing Cards – High-Quality Deck of Cards
Many campers play cards when they aren’t running around to activities! Customize a unique deck for them with pictures from home.
Lap Size T-Shirt Quilt by Award-Winning Project Repat
Great idea if they’ve been going to camp for years! Often, they’ll have accumulated shirts of all sizes (they may have grown out of them), and they’ll want to bring them to camp anyways! Make a blanket that is perfect and personal to their camp bunk.
BOOK: Cute and Playful Patterns Coloring Book
These are great for rainy days or campers need to have quiet time. A package with a coloring book and crayons or pencils is always a helpful surprise at camp.
Best of Summer Stationery: A Correspondence Kit
Sending letters to and from camp is always so much fun! A stationery set is excellent for all ages, and it’s a great way to encourage them to write friends and family.
Letters from Camp Mad Libs: Stationery to Fill Out and Send!
For the campers who need a little more inspiration, this Mad Libs set will have campers laughing and writing down funny camp stories to send home.
100 Pieces Outdoor Adventure Stickers
Never underestimate a good package of stickers! These are easy to share with their friends at camp, and they can be given away as cabin gifts, etc. Endless opportunities with stickers.
Battery Operated Clip-On Fan
There will be some VERY HOT days no matter what camp they go to. This clip-on fan can be attached to their bed frame, to their table, and anywhere they might need to beat the day’s heat.
Personalized Pillow Cases
Campers love to decorate their beds with pieces that are their own. Use their name, favorite colors, and more to help them create their own space.
Try Not to Laugh Challenge Summer Camp Joke Book
Books like these are great for inspiring kids to tell jokes at a campfire, talk with other people, and pass the time on dreary days. Any activity that gets the kids up and laughing is an excellent gift for camp.
Customizable Sleepaway Camp Map
Gift them this personalized map poster, and they can reminisce about camp anytime. For an added touch, have it made in their camp colors!
JOURNAL: My Very Own Summer Camp Story: An Interactive Journal for New & More Experienced Summer Campers
This journal is a fun, interactive notebook for new and returning campers ages 8+. There’s lots of space for your camper to write about their summer at camp and prompts and reminders to help them think about what to write—designed to be a keepsake for years to come.
Pure Cotton Doodle Duvet Cover
This gives campers a chance to be creative with their own bedding! Using the set of included ten washout fabric markers, they can color, make lists, and draw – whatever they want! Then, they can wash it out and start all over.
Under Bed Shoe Storage
Storage gifts should always be considered at camp! There’s always something out of place, on the floor, in someone else’s cubby – you name it. A little help with organizing under a bed is super practical!
FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera + Fujifilm Instax Mini Film
Since many camps don’t allow electronics like phones, this mini Fujifilm camera is a great way for them to take some photos of their own to keep over the summer. These instant images are great for cabin decor, letters home, and more.
Coaches Clipboard with Open Foldable Storage
Available in various colors, these are great for keeping paper, pens, cards, and other supplies safe and dry. Snag one of these for summer campers who need a place to write notes home.
Colorful Pennant Flags
Gifts of cabin decor are appreciated by more than just the recipient! Anyone in a cabin will enjoy new pops of color that brighten up the space.
Kids Classic Card Games – Set of 6
All the games of childhood in one pack! It is great to send as a gift in a care package or hide in a duffel to open once they arrive at camp.
BodyMark by BIC – Temporary Tattoo Markers
With supervision, these markers are a great gift for camp! Great for temporary tattoos, any camp event “makeup,” or costumes for camp skits and plays.
Microfiber Rainbow Tie-Dye Beach Towel
What is summer camp without tie-dye?! A tie-dye towel is ideal for lake days or even an everyday bath towel.
As always, check with the rules at your specific summer camp – everyone has their own set of rules! What else would make a great gift for campers at a Jewish summer camp or sleepaway camp?