Around here the last few weeks have been all about getting ready for camp. My daughter is going to her very first, week-long, overnight camp later this month. And while she is super excited…I’m starting to wonder if I really will make it through a week without talking to her…even once.

To make myself feel better, I decided to load her up with lots of notes and letters. Some will be sent with her in her duffel bag, and some will be mailed the week before she leaves for camp so the letters will arrive while she is there. This weekend, I decided to do a little creative organizing…and make some cards, notes and other goodies for her to take along with her.

It all started with a little tin which Kailea decorated with stickers and rub-ons.

Camp card box

This will be tucked inside her duffel bag and filled with the cards she will be sending home, little pens for writing her letters, and my notes to her—one for each day of the week.

Cards ready to send

I thought it would be fun to make her a little note card scrapbook, so she can write down how she spends each of her days at camp.

Memory book

Here’s a peak inside…

Memory book inside

I also thought it would be fun to make some little notes…for whenever she may need a little pick-me-up.

Little notes

All of these little notes are tucked into a little envelope, which goes inside the little tin.

Pick me ups

And all of the little notes have holes punched in them, so she can add them to her memory book.

Memory book mini notes

 Here are a few more photos of the cards…

Card with note inside

This card has a little note tucked inside…


I think…I’m ready to send my girl off to camp.

Do you have any kids headed off to camp this summer? Any tips for this first time camper Mom? I’d love to hear from you!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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