Camp isn’t camp, without a care package!

In the UK, Summer Camp isn’t as big a thing as it is in other places. Sure, as a kid, I attended camps with Girl Guides or with school; but it was only ever for a few days, a week at most. My own kids have had a similar experience; school, Brownies & Guides or BB, and the odd family camping expedition.

The idea of spending weeks off away from the rest of the family? I’m not too sure about that! Sure I’d have enjoyed all the activities & camaraderie but I think I’d have missed sharing those experiences WITH my family.

My own two are 16 & (almost) 20 and we still all enjoy family adventures.

I guess that’s why the idea of IGGPPCAMP appealed to me! A weeklong adventure; building blanket forts, telling ghost stories, making new friends, toasting marshmallows, trying new things.. plus I get to share it with my equally geeky household! (Teen 2 is also registered but he’s in a different Troop, so I am envisioning ALL sorts of shenanigans!)

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Now, according to those in the know, these extended summer camps that we haven’t experienced, involve one very important thing: CARE PACKAGES!
I do actually have some experience of sending these as when Teen1 spent 1st year living on campus at University, I would post her a little goody bag every Thursday. She’d go to collect her mail after class on Friday morning and look for a bag or box all covered in stickers and full of little things like stationery, sweets, recipes, vouchers, postage stamps etc She did get flustered one time when the young guy who worked in the accommodation office asked her what was in these packages – I don’t think she wanted to mention there was usually a new pair of unmentionables, so she could stave off the dreaded laundry run for another day!!

Anyway, back to IGGLE Camp; one of the activities in preparation of camp was a Camp Care Package Swap. We all filled out a detailed form about what we were looking forward to ‘at’ camp and information about our likes; favourite snacks/activities/ colours etc.

We were then assigned someone who we would make up and secretly send a care package too.

It was a HUGE amount of fun! (So much so, I did it twice … more about that later)

Sending Out

My assigned camper was KamalaGeek, A.K.A. Nadine from Germany.

She actually shares quite a few similar likes with myself, so her package was quite straightforward to put together.

I tried to make the parcel kinda exciting on the outside too...

I tried to make the parcel kinda exciting on the outside too…

One of the first things I decided to put in was a personal piece of campsite. After I received these samples, I discovered they were a perfect postcard size and thought they would be fun to send to some of my Postpals kids, THEN I realized they would be perfect for camp swaps 😀

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I also thought everyone needed a camp notebook. Ya know, for lists and things... 😂😂

I also thought everyone needed a camp notebook.
Ya know, for lists and things… 😂😂

A personalised notebook to write down those all-important camp details.

A personalised notebook to write down those all-important camp details.

A mini sharpie is useful for marking your name on your belongings. I've packed enough camp bags to know : you label EVERYTHING!

A mini sharpie is useful for marking your name on your belongings. I’ve packed enough camp bags to know : you label EVERYTHING!

A tunnock’s teacake poncho seemed like a useful addition for showery campfire sessions, and a post-camp clean-up kit allows for a little pampering.

I tried to include a variety of fun stuff

I tried to include a variety of fun stuff

To keep my camper busy, I included:

  • Camp themed stickers
  • Whoopee cushion
  • Loom band kit
  • Yoyo
  • Dr Who model kit
  • Camp themed rub-on embellishments
  • Some cute jewellery
Camp Snack Pack

Camp Snack Pack

I included some tea, biscuits, chip flavour shaker, sweets and some BBQ recipe cards.

This was a really fun package to put together and I’m glad to report that Nadine was pleased with it.

Incoming!!

I received MY care package from UK Iggle, Jo. She chose such perfect things for me!

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I love the camp notebook, it’s so cute! The sweet little decorated gel pens and lucky cat erasers are fab, and I can’t wait to settle down, in our blanket fort, with my colouring supplies.

Isn't this little foxy keyring adorable? Plus, after all the rest of camp has been packed away until next year, I can still use this every day and remember how awesome camp was!

Isn’t this little foxy keyring adorable?
Plus, after all the rest of camp has been packed away until next year, I can still use this every day and remember how awesome camp was!

Tasty (& posh!) Camp Snacks!

Tasty (& posh!) Camp Snacks!

I later learned that this was Jo’s first swap package. She did an amazing job, don’t you think?

Sending Again

Oh, yeah. I mentioned doing it twice, didn’t I? It turned out someone was going to be let down after their sender dropped out, so after a bit of juggling, the swap organiser assigned me an extra camper to send a package to.

BlueLulu also stays in the UK, so it was pretty straightforward for me to make up a box of goodies & get it in the mail to her before camp.

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The first things I put in BlueLulu’s care package were; her own personal bit of campsite, a personalised camp notebook with pen and a snuggly camp blanket.

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Next was a Camp Snacks bag

Fun stuff to do came next. I found a cute origami insects kit that I thought was suitably camp-y. Some beads, stickers, a loom band kit, colouring sheets & pens, a yoyo & chalks for playing hopscotch or marking arrows for tracking made up the rest of her 'keeping busy' kit.

Fun stuff to do came next.
I found a cute origami insects kit that I thought was suitably camp-y. Some beads, stickers, a loom band kit, colouring sheets & pens, a yoyo & chalks for playing hopscotch or marking arrows for tracking made up the rest of her ‘keeping busy’ kit.

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I also sneaked a sock cake into the box.

Finally, I included some clean-up items. Afterall, no-one wants to be the pongy bunk mate ;-)

Finally, I included some clean-up items.
Afterall, no-one wants to be the pongy bunk mate 😉

Oh, I almost forgot! There was one last thing:

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I couldn’t resist prepping one of these and rolling it up in BlueLulu’s soft cosy snuggly camp blanket. I hope she can forgive me…

Have you ever sent a Camp Care Package? What did you include? What would you like to receive in one? Please share in the comments…

I’ve arrived at Camp, and I never want to leave…

So today was the first day of IGGPPCamp (or IggleCamp to those in the know) and it has been an absolute blast!

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I have participated in so many fun activities and there’s still another 5 days to go!

The activities are split into different sections, and everyone has the option to joins in as many or as few as they wish. Some are open to the whole camp, where you participate individually; others are only open to members of the same troop, whist yet more are to be completed b working together within each individual troop.

My first activity of the day was The Great Closet Cosplay Challenge , an Everyday Cosplay challenge with a different daily prompt. The idea is that you create a wearable nod to your chosen character, using only items from your wardrobe. The Day 1prompt was Disney Prince OR Princess, I grabbed a soft brown skirt, matching vest top & turquoise pendant before brushing my hair out straight(ish)…and….Voila!…emerged as Pocahontas (if you were standing 100 feet away and were squinting).

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Next was a spot of Troop Lumos cookery with Camp Counselor Dittany .   She has put together a fabulous collection of daily dishes for as all to cook together, and very kindly supplied us all with grocery lists so we could be prepared. She is really committed and repeats the live cook-together THREE times a day, so as many Iggles as possible can take part whenever suits them best.

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Today’s recipe was Pizza Pockets, and they were DELICIOUS!

IGGPPCamp Craft ChallengeAnother popular activity is the Daily Craft Challenges, hosted by Counselor Gillyweed.

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Today, we were making the cutest little painted wooden Hakuna Matata pendants.

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There are also Troop craft activities, and Dittany had put together a neat tutorial on making adorable little paper lanterns. I fondly remember making these at school so couldn’t wait to give it a go!

I also finally got to open my awesome Camp Care Package Swap. I have waited patiently for camp to arrive and the lovely goodies my care-giver chose for me were so worth the wait!

I’ve actually got a blog post all about the Care Package Swap, I’m just waiting to publish it once I get confirmation that the extra Angel package i sent has been received. I don’t want to risk ruining any surprises!

In the meantime, here’s a quick peek at the contents of the box I received from Jo:

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And can you believe? There was still more!!

There are a number of different photo scavenger hunt challenges held over the course of the week.

The big one is The Troop Hunt, each troop gets the same 30 prompts and the first troop to submit their completed (& verified!) list, wins.

The catch is, each person can only submit ONE photo, so you have to think cleverly.

I chose No. 16 and submitted a photo of my Hakuna Matata pendant.

A similar solo hunt has also proved entertaining, and I’ve ticked off quite a few on the list already.

There is also a Troop specific hunt.

I’ve been having a lot of fun snapping pictures for it too!

And the best bit is… we get to do it all again tomorrow!!

I’m heading off to toast some marshmallows now, but please share you favourite things about camp in the comments. 

Sugar and Spice, and Everything Nice…that’s what swap package are made of!

You know how I love a package swap, and I regularly participate in ones hosted over on the IGGPPC forums.

Last month’s theme was Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice and the prefects for House Organa (where us more mature Geeks hang out) came up with the idea for a sweet little swap.

The Swap Details

We were all assigned someone to secretly send a package to, there was a suggested budget of $5-10, and whilst there were some suggestions, we were left to interpret the theme as we saw fit

Sugar: Something sweet! This could be a candy, a homemade treat, dried fruit… something your partner enjoys nomming on!

Spice: Something spicy! From more food, to teas, to spicy scents… something to add a little spice to your partner’s life.

Everything Nice: Something extra special just for your swap partner. This could be something as simple as a lovely letter full of good things, or it could be you make or purchase something from their favorite fandom.

What I Sent

I was excited to find out I was sending to Susi, a fellow Scot, as we had swapped before. I really enjoyed putting together a boxful of goodies for her.

I stupidly forgot to take pictures before I sent off Susi’s parcel (I’m terrible fir doing that!) but you can see her Instagram pictures here and here.

  • Chai tea, spicy & sweet
  • Chinese pickled mustard, spicy, plus she loves Chinese things
  • A sock cake, with My Little Pony Socks, something sweet
  • Scented Sugar Rush sticker book, something sugary
  • Plus a little Everything nice box, full of Hello Kitty bits & bobs
These My Little Pony socks are quite fine, so didn't really fill the wrap. I rolled them around a cute pot of lip balm and in the end they fit quite snuggly.

These My Little Pony socks were quite fine, so didn’t really fill the wrap. I rolled them around a cute pot of lip balm and in the end they fit quite snuggly.

I’m still not sure if she knows it was from me!!

What I Received

I was really excited when the postman handed me a parcel with the return address of Shawna, in the USA. Shawna makes and sells amazingly cute things and I’ll be honest, I secretly hoped she might have included something from her store, Hello Quirky.

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Inside I found all sorts of goodies:

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  • Some spicy chai teabags
  • A gorgeous roll of washi
  • Some scented chocolate cupcake stickers
  • 2 of Shawna’s postcards
  • An adorable big sticker
  • A really cute notebook
  • 2 of Shawna’s lovely brooches
  • The cutest little handmade soap
  • and some delicious sounding green tea

Yep, she definitely spoiled me!! And certainly included something Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice.

As always, Thanks for stopping by xx

LoveYourInnerGeek: June Edition

#LoveYourInnerGeek is a semi-regular package swap hosted in Iggle circles. It spawned in part from everyones enjoyment of the awesome 30 Days of December Advent swap hosted on the official IGGPPC site last year.

The fabulous @amavongeek decided to host something similar in February, but with a little love theme thrown in. It proved so popular that it ran again in April, and again in June.

For June’s package, I was paired with the lovely Sarah; who filled my month with the most awesomely selected gifts & treats…. First off, when I unwrapped the outer wrapping, I found this..

Turns out the box was telling the truth... the contents were indeed fabulous!

Turns out the box was telling the truth.
The contents were indeed….

...the contents were indeed, fabulous

Fabulous!

How could a girl not get excited by all those adorable little brown paper packages, tied up with pretty coloured gift ribbons??

Anyway, now comes the hard part: you open 1, yes ONE each & every day for the whole month.

And they’re numbered, so even if one looks like a REALLY interesting shape, it has to wait patiently in the box until it is it’s turn.

So I waited.

And waited.

And waited.

And then finally, it was June 1st & I could open my first little gift…

For Day 1, Sarah has chosen a lovely floral fabric tape for my gift. Actually, I was lucky enough to get another few of these throughout the month, each a different colour & pattern. And you know how I like tape! 😋

For Day 1, Sarah has chosen a lovely floral fabric tape for my gift.

Actually, I was lucky enough to get another few of these throughout the month, each a different colour & pattern.
And you know how I like tape! 😋

Everyday, I opened one gift & took a photograph so I could share it with you all. Usually iggles like to share their swap goodies on Instagram & twitter, so there’s usually a hash tag to go along with each swap. This one is #LoveYourInnerGeek , if you fancy heading over to either to check out what else iggles were sharing.

I’ve made some nifty collages rather than add 30 separate images (Yayy! Go Me!!)

So here’s Week One:

Week One was full of all sorts of lovelies.

Week One was full of all sorts of lovelies.

Stationery (owls!! And did you see the note cards with the Hogwarts illustration? 😍), a fab felt craft kit to make my very monkey, a relaxing scented tealight, 2 rolls of that pretty fabric tape & a tasty fruit bar.

There were even more goodies to find in week 2!

There were even more goodies to find in week 2!

More tasty treats, some adorable wooden heart shaped buttons, the cutest MLP pencil & ruler, an iron-on ‘princess’ patch (the picture DOES NOT do this justice, it’s about 1 1/2″ high and is utterly adorable. I may have to buy a camp blanket, just to attach it to!), some Disney princes tissues and a set of Time Lord pin badges. YES, they do have Gallifreyan seals on them and YES, I did go “SQUEEE” (very loudly)

Part 3

Part 3

Lots more lovely tape, some gorgeous dangly green leaf earrings (that I think Sarah made for me), some cake decorating sprinkles & printed Avengers cupcake toppers (these are amazing!! And edible!) and a comic book découpage H (also, I assume, crafted by Sarah’s fair hand)

Part 4: the remaining swag of the month!

Part 4: the remaining swag of the month!

We were nearing the end of the month now but that box of goodies still had plenty of treats in store for me!

During week 4, I unwrapped yet more tape (I LOVE tape!!), some spiffy temporary tattoos (Disney Princess & Hello Kitty), Unikitty cake candles (the Lego movie is AWESOME!! and I won’t hear anyone say different!), a super cute owl pouch (which matches the design on the bag that my mum gave me for my birthday, so it is now in use as my ‘holder to keep all my important stuff like keys & purse etc together without losing any in the depths of my bag’. Gift 29 was a really pretty bracelet, again, I think Sarah made this. It’s lovely.

Mwah-haha! I have ALL the goodies!

Mwah-haha!
I have ALL the goodies!

I must thank Sarah for such a love swap package, I really enjoyed opening my month of gifts and I just hope she liked hers even half as much 💜💚

And thank YOU, dear readers for stopping by.

See you again soon!

Hugs, Heather