Camp Prep 101: Labeling
In our first entry from our Camp Prep 101 Blog Series, we talked all about the ins-and-outs of Packing. Packing correctly is a great way to ensure your camper will be successful at camp, but there’s more you can do to help that process. Before you put a single item into those duffel bags, you should be labeling each and every one of them!
Yes, labeling! Labeling is the best way to help your camper keep track of their belongings at camp, and to help camp out when and if your campers lose something. Items can easily get mixed up in the cabins, so labeling all items will help your camper know which items are theirs. No one wants to have to deal with the Lost & Found, so labeling is the easiest way to ensure any lost items are identified and returned back to you.
And we’re not just talking about labeling important items. You should be labeling EVERY item you send to camp with your camper’s FIRST AND LAST NAME. That might sound a bit crazy, but what’s even crazier is the amount of lost & found items we have every summer. All clothing (even socks, shoes, and underwear), accessories, bedding, water bottles, toiletries, towels, goggles, books, and anything else that you want to come back home at the end of the summer should be labelled.
How you label is up to you- you can use iron on labels, sew in ones, stickers, stamps or even just a permanent maker. We have two label companies that we highly recommend: Mabel’s Labels & Label Daddy . Our families have been using these companies for years, and they have helped returned countless lost items. To make it even better, both companies generously give back to Camp Chi, and Label Daddy even offers labels with the Camp Chi logo on it!