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Dealing with Homesickness

Homesickness is perfectly normal.
Homesickness is perfectly normal. Not everyone experiences it, and some feel it more than others. Working through homesickness successfully can often be one of a camper’s greatest accomplishments. Beating homesickness can often lead to greater self-confidence in many other areas as well. Here are important tips to follow to help your child overcome homesickness (or maybe avoid it altogether):

Camp Homesick

  • Do not, under any circumstances, do the following - Bargain with your child about how long he or she has to stay at camp. Asking your child to try camp for a short period of time and telling them if they aren’t happy they can come home is known as a “pick-up deal” and almost always guarantees a child will not overcome homesickness.
  • Share your goals - Let your child know that a major goal of camp is fun, but one of your major goals is to help him or her grow and to learn to be on their own for a short time.
  • Again, trust us - Your child is in good hands. Know that if your child is really struggling, we will call you.

 

 

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