Dear Mom and Dad,
Camp sucks. This big kid named the Knuckle (don’t ask) keeps pushing me in the lake. My bunkmate wears a night brace and makes noises like Darth Vader when he sleeps. And if I have to sing “Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore” one more time, I’m gonna start breaking stuff. So I figure the least you can do is send me a care package. Here are some suggestions (Grandma’s fudge just ain’t cutting it):
1. Candy. Think of it like camp currency. The more you have, the nicer people are to you. So buy in bulk.
2. Preventive products. Last I heard, Lyme disease wasn’t part of the character-building camp experience. I’m itching for some heavy-duty bug repellent.
While you’re at it, send some more sunscreen. SPF 30, please. I don’t plan on aging prematurely. (Think it’s easy to look this good at ten?)
3. Speaking of looking good, bring on the HBC (health- and beauty-care items). That leftover chlorine smell isn’t helping any with the dates. How about some super shampoo?
And I think a raccoon ran off with my toothbrush. (They’re actually very sanitary animals, apparently.) Why not send a few?
If you must send something cutesy, it might as well be good for something. Better Buddies are huggable stuffed animals with inserts for a hot or cold compress, depending on the ailment.
4. Equipment. A lantern is always a good idea, especially for card games after lights-out.
And a flashlight with some James Bond action. The dual action provides radio entertainment and comfort on those long trips to the far outhouse.
I never knew what a charmed life I led until I spent a week without air-conditioning. I could use a little help cooling down with a mini fan.
As a firm believer in the buddy system, I shall depend on my Motorola talkabout two-way walkie-talkies to ensure that I shall never lose my buddy again.
If I’m to lead my cabin in hiking miles, I need a pack that can also hydrate. The CamelBak Scout with built-in water reservoir holds up to 35 ounces.
5. Activities. If you must send educational tools, allow me to make a few more suggestions. Nifty Plates from the Fifty States is a fun yet fact-filled book of all of the nation’s license plates, with info about each state on the back. It will prepare me for my postgraduate cross-country tour. Heaven forbid a rainy day, but if the gods insist, I can prove my Connect Four prowess with the dainty travel version. For larger crowds, there’s always Taboo or poker … Oops, I mean King’s Corners.
6. Now when it comes to keeping in touch, it’s best to keep it simple (especially if you want a letter a week). These postcards should do — if they arrive self-addressed and stamped …
Well, I guess that’s it. Thanks a lot. And when I get home, let’s discuss sending me somewhere more fun next year. Like summer school.
Your Devoted Child