Letters to Campers

July was always the time of year when one or more of the girls spent a week at summer camp and even though camp only lasted a week, I was expected to write letters so my child would receive mail each day.

What do you say to a child at camp, less than two hours from home? Asking about the camp experience seemed pointless since I’d be picking my camper up before a return letter would be received.

I guess I could send news from home, but what would I say? We went out to dinner last night at your favorite restaurant while you endured camp food, or maybe, your sister loves having a room to herself. I thought “news” from home could cause problems and may even encourage homesickness.

Finally, I came up with a plan. Letters from home would include riddles and jokes with a quick message about enjoying your time at camp and see you at the end of the week. I bought joke and riddle books at the school book fair so I’d have plenty of material for my letters.

One remaining joke book on the shelf.
One remaining joke book on the shelf.

Here’s a few riddles for old time sake:

Why did the fly never land on the computer?

~He was afraid of the world wide web.

Why was the ant so confused?

~Because all of his uncles were ants.

What do you get when you cross a pig and a centipede?

~Bacon and legs.

How do fleas get from place to place?

~By itch hiking.

What do you give a sick snake?


Why are ghosts bad liars?

~Because you can see right through them.

What did zero say to eight?

~Nice belt.

And some knock knock jokes:

Knock, knock

Who’s there?


Who who?

What are you an owl or something?

Knock, knock

Who’s there?


Nobody, who?

(Don’t say anything…stay silent.)

Looking for some more jokes and riddles? Try Funology, or Squigly’s Riddles, or Enchanted Learning, or Childhood Beckons.

Best of all, these letters could be written and mailed before we left for camp insuring that mail from home would arrive daily and inspire a couple of groans and a roll of the eyes.


2 thoughts on “Letters to Campers

  1. I still have some of these letters. Those were seriously the cheesiest jokes ever (doesn’t mean I didn’t love them). It’s quite remarkable that someone made money from a book filled with them.

    1. And there were many of these books to choose from. Of course, today you can find enough corny jokes online to last a lifetime. 🙂

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