How to Avoid Homesickness?

Posted in SUMMER CAMPS 101 by CampsUSA Staff. 1716 views.


Going away to summer camp is a big moment for a child. Homesickness is normal for kids of all ages, especially those children who have not been away from home before. One of the first things parents should do is talk to their kids about the program, its length and the activities. If possible, the child should help decide which camp to attend.

Additionally, parents should write their children a letter and send it before the child leaves so they have mail the first few days of camp. Sending youth to camp with pre-labeled envelopes and stamps helps kids can write home whenever they are sad or down. It is important for kids to go to camp with comfort items like a family photograph, favorite stuffed animal, and books to keep them occupies.

Lastly, it may be possible for youth to visit the camp before the summer. This helps them see the space, talk to directors and maybe even talk to some of the staff.
Gelena Blishteyn
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