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By peoplestaff225
Updated June 27, 2012 02:00 PM
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Sending your kids off to camp this summer? Close to home or far away, the experience means they’ll have a blast running, swimming, crafting, laughing and making memories. Plus, your adventurous little one will join the ranks of former celeb campers like Natalie Portman, Matt Damon, Reese Witherspoon and Lisa Loeb (check out her CD of related kids’ songs, Camp Lisa).

Whether you’re working your way through the packing list or building the best-ever care package, be sure to stock their backpacks and duffels with our picks for the latest must-have camp essentials, from cool water bottles to funky stationery.