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What If My Child Gets Homesick?

One of our summer camp goals is to make sure that every child at camp has a safe, fun and
positive experience. As a parent you can help with the process of preparing your child from
feeling homesick while at camp in the following ways:

• Have your child practice being away from home prior to attending camp. Perhaps encourage
her to stay at a friend or relatives home for a night or weekend.
• Do not promise to pick up your child early from camp. This can make campers focus only on
going home, and not able to focus on the fun they’ll have at camp.
• Use a calendar at home to show that the time spent at camp is not an eternity, but actually a
very short amount of time.
• Don’t tell your camper how badly you will miss them while at camp. Do tell them how much
you love them, even while they are away from home, and how excited you are for them to have
so much fun at camp!
• Communicate before, during and after the camp experience.
• Do not promise your camper that she can call home while at camp. If a camper is experiencing
extreme homesickness or minor homesickness for a sustained period of time, the camp
staff will contact the parent and determine next steps.
If you are concerned about your camper, we encourage parents to call camp and speak to the
camp director. She will work with you in assuring your camper is having a successful experience.
• Encourage your camper to write home about all of the new activities that they have tried.
• Share your own positive camp stories with them.
• Let your camper help pack their bags for camp. Pack one favorite picture, stuffed animal or
blanket.
• Encourage your camper to write home about all of the new activities that they have tried.
• Share your own positive camp stories with them.
• Let your camper help pack their bags for camp. Pack one favorite picture, stuffed animal or
blanket.
• Spend quality time with your child upon returning home from camp to “reconnect” after the
separation period. Keep in mind that girls may experience a boost in self-confidence and independence
while at camp.
• Drop off an encouraging note for each day at check-in. Her counselors will deliver them
throughout the session.

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