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The Makings of a Great Care Package

We’ve been counting down the days all year. It’s hard to believe Camp is finally here!

Whether you’ve got a first timer or veteran LLYC camper, care packages are always a special part of the camp experience—a welcomed reminder that they are missed while away. Big or small—campers love getting them and uncovering the fun surprises inside.  

What makes the best care package for your LLYC Camper? We got some great ideas from long-time campers and parents.


While the camp food is a plenty and the Sugar Shack regularly, special treats from home make our Campers’ days. Topping the list are grandma’s cookies, flavored popcorn, gum in large quantity, trail mix, energy bars, jerky, fruit strips, and variety snacks. When thinking about which treats to send, here are some great tips:

  • Please observe cabin/session allergy restrictions. If a severe food allergy is present at your child’s session, care packages are thoroughly checked and any questionable food items are removed before distributing to the cabins.
  • Consider food items that can withstand the Texas heat. While chocolate bars are delicious, they can quickly become a gooey, unenjoyable mess. (The Sugar Shack offers refrigerated chocolate bars.)
  • When packing homemade cookies, remember to stick in a piece of bread. The bread keeps the cookies soft and delicious for a few extra days.
  • Care packages often get shared amongst cabin mates. Find out how many are in your child’s cabin (don’t forget the counselors) and include a shareable treat for Cabin Time. Your kiddo will be the hero!


Free time activities are also high on the care package request list. Some favorites include: friendship bracelet kits, card games, Madlibs, camp journals, nail art sets, discussion starter cards, activity books, frisbees, temporary tattoos, water balloons, and games.

How about a book on braids? Our daughter spends hours braiding hair at camp. She has met so many new friends sitting on the cabin porch braiding and talking.


Hoping to hear back from your camper? Consider including a collection of pre-addressed/stamped postcards and envelopes. Send a postcard made out the younger sibling who’s really missing big brother. One mom even suggested writing a couple questions on a page leaving room after each for a short answer. Or how about a fun fill-in-the-blank. “The best place I visited at camp today was _____ because ______.” This is great for younger campers (and even EV Cabin 4 campers!) You could also make your own funny, personalized Madlibs for your camper.


Extra toiletries, sunscreen, or a few luxury items are always fun. Your girl camper might love getting a surprise travel-sized fun scent or towel wrap cover up. Your guy camper might enjoy an after-sun soother or a new pair of sunglasses.  

Are you traveling while your kids are at camp? A t-shirt, souvenir, or captioned photos from your trip would make for a perfect care package for your camper.  


Speaking of photos. How about including a disposable waterproof camera with a campy list of “must take” photos. (i.e. you and a dance partner at the rodeo dance, Cabin Time, a new friend, you and your counselors.) Or for a splurge item, how about an instant camera with fun film.

Sugar Shack Options

Don’t have time to whip up a care package? No problem. The Sugar Shack provides a full service care package option. Simply go to your online account, and select the SS items you would like included. The SS team will put it all together in a pretty bag, enclose a note, and deliver it to your son or daughter.

Remember, like a lot of things in life, when it comes to care packages, big or small, it really is the thought that counts.


Jenny Hendricks
Jenny Hendricks
Social Media Editor