Sleeping Bags and athlete's shoes

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  1. kamajama

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    My son was told by some of last year's plebes that they have a sleeping bag that they sleep in that can be stuffed in their drawer. That way they don't have to do all the detailed bedmaking. So what do you think? Yes or no. And if yes, when would he be able to get that? Care package? or what. Also, what types of things are recommended for care packages besides cookies. I was thinking photos, addresses, gum (can they chew gum?). Next question, is what does he do with all his track and field shoes? Can he get those to the coach or should he leave them at his sponsor family until needed. Thanks for the help.
     
  2. NorthernCalMother

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    Look around on this site and collegeconfidential -- there are long threads re: care packages/"boodle boxes" (<-- not sure re: that term; these sites are the only places I've seen it or heard it used).

    Don't send anything chocolate or meltable, as summer pkges seem to be stored in an oven (maybe it's just the oven that is Annapolis in summer). As a plebe and now, my Mid asks for healthy stuff like dried fruit, protein bars, jerky, nuts. In some companies during summer, the cadre open packages w/ plebe, and there's great pressure to share, so sending a lot of one thing is a good idea.

    Some of the other posts I've seen suggested toiletries and housekeeping articles, but the only one that interested my plebe was fabric softener sheets to stuff in stinky shoes. Do not send these in the same package as food (ask me how I know this is a bad idea), or @ least triple-wrap w/ foil.
     
  3. 2012mom?

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    Plebes don't "rate" being able to sleep on top of their blankets (yes, that's a privilege!) until after Plebe Summer, at the earliest. Like many things, the date when it's allowed will vary by company. Your Plebe will know when he/she can have a sleeping sack or spare blanket.

    Cookies (especially home-baked) almost certainly will not be eaten by your Plebe during Plebe Summer. The cadre try to make sure that the Plebes don't fill up on junk food, so many food items (i.e. cookies, chips) get confiscated. After Plebe Summer, the Plebes will open packages in the privacy of their rooms. However, still try to send mostly "healthy" snacks. Many a Mid has trouble gaining weight during Ac year. That can make passing their physical assessments (PRTs) more difficult, and if they have to take uniforms to the tailors, it can be quite pricey!

    Care packages are good, but my Mid has said that cards and letters have been more important than anything else. She said recently that she has kept every single card/letter sent to her this year. Photos of family, friends, pets (or garden pics!) are all good things to send. At various times this year, we have also sent jokes and trivia items, which have, in some cases, earned my Mid brief periods of "carry on!"

    He should be able to meet his coach the day before I-day to drop off any athletic equipment. The best thing is to have him/her contact the coach of their sport, to work something out. Unless you have pre-arranged his/her sponsor family, your Mid won't meet their sponsors until well into Plebe Summer. I believe last year the "meet and greet" happened the week before PPW.
     
  4. NorthernCalMother

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    I didn't answer your key questions, did I?

    Re: sleeping bag, yes, I understand lots of kids use them but don't worry about that 'til after summer. It's too hot for a sleeping bag, and plebes usually change rooms @ the end of summer -- they don't need anything extra to move. Wait and send it after that if your plebe decides to go that route. Mine opted for a quilt.

    Re: track shoes, my Mid's not in a running sport, but I've heard other plebes contact their coaches before I-Day re: stashing equipment (LAX sticks, football gear) in USNA training facilities. Maybe that applies to running shoes?
     
  5. SteveHolt243

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    Doesn't really matter if you "rate" beign able to sleep on top of your rack. During the summer, you'll rip and remake your rack most mornings anyways. After the summer, sleep on top of your blankets. you don't really need a sleeping bag, and you'll get issued plenty of blankets.

    If the cadre are confiscating home-baked food in care packages over plebe summer, that's not really ok. Really shouldn't be doing that.
     
  6. 2012mom?

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    Well Steve, I would agree that it's not OK, but my Mid had over $50 worth of PowerBars get "confiscated" as well before we knew to quit sending them.
     
  7. village mom

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    confused

    OK - I'm confused. During plebe summer, they can get care packages, right? Everyone has told me to send cards with pictures and inspirational messages every day and not to send cutesy stuff. How often do you send care packages and what is the BEST thing to send? Food or things like bandaids, something for muscle soreness, etc? And, it has to all fit in a box the size of a shoe box? A few post said to send it in a plastic box with a lid. the first time only? I'm at the point of needing step by step instructions, so HELP!! I don't want to do anything 'wrong' or embarrassing for my son, but I also don't want for him to feel neglected. Also, how soon do they start getting mail after I-day. We're moving across the country to CA a few days after getting back from I-day and I'd like to mail things from Annapolis before we leave or is that too soon. Any advice or suggestions are appreciated. :confused:
     
  8. kamajama

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    Thanks for all the help. Some of us are still learning about even the phraseology of everything. The Brief Points book has helped with that. We haven't even begun to prepare for leaving. We have had such a stacked few weeks with the end of track season and all the graduation events that we haven't really even had time to think about what is to come. Finally yesterday my emotions popped out...final choir concert. Realization. So tomorrow is Hawaii for a cleansing period and then we will think about I-Day.
     
  9. 2012mom?

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    Yes, Plebes can get "care packages" during Plebe Summer. You can find detailed info and ideas on threads here, at USNA Parents Club web sites and so forth. Here's a short list of things we found from our experience last year. As always, rules vary a LOT by company!!!

    - Send first 2 packages in plastic boxes with critter-proof lids
    - send Plebe Summer (PS) packages by USPS ONLY!!!! NO FEDEX, UPS, etc. USPS "flat rate" boxes are best if you're sending heavy stuff
    - Use the complete PS address, even if your Mid abbreviates on their return address. You MUST include their summer company/platoon info (i.e. Company E10), or they will NOT receive your mail
    -Yes, you can mail your first pack from Annapolis. We mailed ours on I-day minus 1
    - Specific food items may or may not get to your Plebe, as mentioned above. Most "healthful" items do get through (dried fruit, beef jerky, etc.). Most "junk" food will not get through. In our experience, home baked stuff did not get through
    - Many short cards and letters can be just as good as an expensive goody box. Even if they don't have time to read what you write, lots of letters means lots of times hearing their name during mail call. That's one time it's GOOD for them to be "yelled at."
    - Do not send anything during PS that you would not want your Plebe to open in front of 40 people of mixed gender.
     
  10. 2012mom?

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    One more thing. Most of the above list changes after Plebe Summer is over.
     
  11. ENSmom

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    Rule #1
    "Stay under the radar"

    You do not want to call undue attention to your plebe. Look over each item you put in the summer care packages carefully. Save the photos and inspirational phrases for the letters. Number the letters because mail gets mixed up and they may get letter #8 before letter #5, or a bunch at once.

    Food items must be able to withstand heat and be able to be placed in a shoebox sized tight plastic container to fend off critters. Send the container in the first package that you send food. Larger containers will not fit in the lockers, and will call undue attention to your mid. No candy, cookies or brownies. Gatorade mix is usually welcomed. Packages do not always get to your mid in a timely manner either, so be patient.

    We sent a package each week, the first on our way out of Annapolis, (containing among other things, a desk sized American Flag and stand for it). My mid did not get anything for three weeks and then got several in one day.

    Good Luck to all.
    ENSmom
     
  12. ENSmom

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    One more thing.

    My mid used his sleeping bag, rather than make his "rack" each morning. I think we shipped it to him after plebe summer, but it may have been later during plebe year.

    ENSmom
     
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    I slept on top of my blue magnet for 4 years (After PS). I had a down comforter I stashed in my cubbie hole every day. It was actually quite nice. My sheets were only broken when the white part turned disgustingly brown or when things got carried away on Friday nights in DTA.
    Tailor services are provided at no extra expense to mids due to the fact that a monthly tailoring fee is deducted from mid pay. So eat away.
     

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