You Will Need
- Self-addressed, stamped envelopes
- A fan
- Some cute clothes
- Flashlight batteries
- Extra socks and underwear
- A disposable camera
- A journal
Give out self-addressed envelopes
Before you leave, give your friends at home stamped envelopes addressed to you at camp—that way you’ll be sure to get lots of mail.
Pack the essentials
The fastest way to make friends at camp is to have cool stuff. Girls, that means magazines and cute clothes to trade. Boys, bring cards and a secret stash of candy. And everyone always needs a fan.
Pack some extras
Pack extra flashlight batteries and more socks and underwear than suggested. And toss in a few funky items—like a crazy wig or mask—that might come in handy for camp skits.
Bring a disposable camera
Bring a disposable camera or two so you can take photos without worrying about breaking or losing a good one.
Make the first move
Once you’re there, make the first move. Many campers are going to be too shy to speak to you first, but they’ll be incredibly relieved if you simply say 'Hi' and introduce yourself.
Pay compliments. It’s one of the fastest ways to make friends.
Volunteer as much as possible
Without being a suck-up, volunteer for everything you can. Counselors like the helpful kids—they might sneak you treats or look the other way when you sneak out at night.
Stick it out
Don’t panic if you start to feel homesick. The feeling quickly passes for most campers. Try to keep busy!