Summer Sanity: We Pack for Camp
by Wendy R. Khabie
Cousins Dan Geller and Liz Pomish know the joke all too well: What's the easiest way to get your kid ready for sleep away camp? Change his name to machine washable! All the labeling and laundry... not to mention the last minute running around town for sunscreen, bug repellent, flashlights, and water-resistant sleeping bags is enough to make even the sanest parent go berserk.
One summer, Dan, his wife Heidi, and cousin Liz traveled a zigzag pattern across the Twin Cities that resembled one of those maps inside of an airline magazine, stopping at every drug store and sporting goods shop that was still open. They knew there had to be a better way.
Last year, they started We Pack For Camp, a self-proclaimed "camp concierge service." They got a hold of some required packing lists from several area summer camps, and added a number of optional items and a few camper-requested (but of course, camp-friendly) items. Their service bundles all these things together, labels and packs them up in a duffel bag along with all the bedding, beach, bathroom, and outdoor goods your camper needs for a safe and fun camping experience. And here's the best part: they deliver it to your door days before you send your camper off.
"By alleviating some of the stress, we help make the process of getting ready for camp a positive experience," said Dan Geller. "We recognized that we could save parents from spending lots of time, energy, and in many cases, money, getting their kids ready for camp."
Parents and kids are still responsible for packing their own clothes, specific personal needs (such as medications), and other favorite items. We Pack For Camp takes care of all the rest. Campers will easily find everything in the duffel bag that comes packed for them, and no two bags the same - they have different color combinations of towels, sheets, bath and beach supplies, and fun accessories to personalize their bunk.
Dan and Liz knew from their own kids' perspectives that a positive camp experience starts when you head off to camp prepared with all the necessities, as well as some conveniences and comforts. They also discovered that camp staffs appreciate knowing that their campers have all the supplies they need.
Even parents who were nostalgic thinking that packing for summer camp makes for special memories are thrilled with the service. They saved time before camp, and in some cases, eliminated a huge source of stress wondering how to get a kid packed for camp in between family gatherings, vacations, and other summer activities already in the mix.
"Our number one priority for parents is to simplify the process of getting ready for summer and summer camp. People's time and energy have never been more precious, and We Pack For Camp helps with that, " said Dan.
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And when it is finally time to pack up, leave camp, and head back home, We Pack For Camp provides some tips and tools in the duffle bag for packing that just might help mom and dad with the cleaning, laundry, and unpacking once their camper gets home. Also, the materials that are included in the $249 We Pack for Camp "package" are meant to last through the summer camp experience and then some. Some parents choose to use the We Pack for Camp service year after year, but the materials included should last for more than just one summer camp session. Go to www.wepackforcamp.com for more information.
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