Summer is soon approaching and if you’re like me, you remember your days at summer camp. There’s something so nostalgic about seeing a canoe paddle and hearing campfire songs like “Great Big Moose.” However, for me, summer camp didn’t end when I was a kid; I loved it so much that I worked as a camp counselor for 4 years and even did a year-long stint as an outdoor experiential educator, otherwise known as a professional camp counselor. I’ve seen my fair share of kids come through the doors with great gear and, sadly, leave without it.
These days it’s pretty normal for kids to head to camp for weeks at a time. And that usually that means a lot of gear is needed for the trip up north – not an inexpensive thing. Living in such close quarters with each other proves to be a great lesson in keeping your things organized. Learning how to fold clothes properly is fun, but what happens when none of the kids can remember if that is their shirt or not? From my experience, the lost and found box is usually full after day 3. One thing I learned at camp was to LABEL EVERYTHING!
Packing is tough – you have to plan for all types of weather and make sure there’s enough clothing to last the entire time at camp. And parents tend to shop at the same stores for their kid’s camp gear, especially for towels and clothing. The best thing to do to ensure your kids are coming home with everything they went to camp with is to make sure the kids know which items are their own.
Kid’s clothing, water bottles, towels, toiletries, and shoes will be put to the test. They’ll get wet, they’ll get dirty, and some camps even offer laundry services. Simply writing their name on the tags, from my experience, isn’t enough. Many permanent markets don’t hold up to the abuse that the gear will go through.
Take it from me: kids bring a lot of stuff to camp, the costs add up. Instead of replacing items, use a label and they’ll come home!
Pick up everything you’ll need in the Limited Edition Camp Combo pack here. If you can get your hands on it before April 30, you’ll get the early bird pricing and save some money!
It’s always busy around Mabelhood HQ and we wanted to share some of the fun stuff that we’ve been up to this month.
A very cute bunny icon hopped its way into the Mabel’s Labels family of designs, just in time for spring!
The Community Relations Committee challenged each department to battle it out in an April food drive for Mission Services Opportunity Centres in Hamilton. The fact is 35,000 people in our community go without adequate daily food and 36% of those people are children. Everyone can help make a difference by donating what they can.
As always Julie Cole is super busy, you may have spotted her on CanadaAM on April 7. She was part of a parenting panel discussion. The following morning, Julie and her son Mack were on CHCH discussing autism.
In the spirit of earth day this week, today we’re out beautifying our adopted park (Jackson Park) and heading back to the office for our first BBQ of the season! We hope everyone gets a chance to head outside and enjoy the beginning of this beautiful spring weather!
Over the years, we’ve had a variety of organizations host a fundraiser with us to assist in generating funds for their cause. We felt it was time to shine the spotlight on some of the amazing people and organizations running a Mabel’s Labels Fundraiser.
Bearspaw Preschool Society – located in Calgary, Alberta – has been hosting a successful fundraiser for their not-for-profit organization since 2009. The fundraiser has helped them earn hundreds of dollars over the years to assist with buying supplies and funding day trips for the morning and afternoon programs. Bearspaw Preschool Society runs programs for children ages 3 & 4 and is operated by a five-member executive board; all of which are elected parent volunteers.
Bearspaw thinks that a Mabel’s Labels Fundraiser makes the most sense for a preschool, as it’s the first time many kids and parents are coming into a school environment. They believe that ensuring the students’ items are properly labeled and easily identifiable makes life easier for the parents, children and teachers. They also like that they can promote their campaign throughout the year through their community monthly magazine as well as in an introductory letter that each parent receives upon registration.
Their advice to other organizations running a Mabel’s Labels fundraiser is to actively promote it, and remind parents how beneficial labels are for all sorts of school gear.
Do you want to support Bearspaw Preschool Society? Shop for your Mabel’s Labels here.
If you want to sign your preschool up to earn extra funds, visit www.signup.mabelslabels.com