Parents share kids’ #LettersFromCamp on Instagram

While traditional overnight camps are still (fortunately) mostly screen and social media-free zones, parents are taking to their own social media accounts to share photos of funny letters their kids have sent home from camp this summer.

More than 300 photos using the hashtag #LettersFromCamp have been posted to Instagram. It’s pretty standard fair with melodramatic pronouncements of camp either being the best thing ever or the worst place on earth. One kid’s letter I’m not convinced isn’t fake, reads like product placement for Instagram. “I can not survive without Instagram,” it says.

Sharing funny letters of kids talking about weird rashes, terrible food, things they miss and stuff they want sent immediately has become an annual event on social media, keeping alive the spirit of Allan Sherman’s hit 1963 novelty song “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp).”

Chicago interior designer Diana Falanga collected enough funny letters to publish two books, P.S. I Hate it Here in 2010 and P.S. I Still Hate it Here in 2012.

I prefer Falanga’s books to the Instagram feed. Something about parents posting up letters their kids sent them in real time makes me glad I grew up in simpler times where letters only lived on paper to be found years later for maximum mortification (see the Mortified Podcast or Andy Cohen’s 2013 book Most Talkative)

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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