What if my child gets homesick?

The key to dealing with homesickness is to prepare the child in advance. Some suggestions are:

  1. Ask a close friend or relative to register for the same camp sessions your child is attending.
  2. Have your child spend the night with friends or relatives.
  3. Discuss what camp will be like before your child leaves home and discuss any concerns.
  4. DO NOT tell your children that you will rescue them if they do not like camp.
  5. Assure your child of your love.
  6. Send along a favorite stuffed animal.
  7. Do not go into great detail about what the child may be missing at home.

If, despite all efforts, your child does become homesick:

  1. Acknowledge your child’s feelings.
  2. Reassure your child of your love.
  3. Reassure your child that camp is an opportunity for children to grow, mature and gain independence.
  4. Do not mention how much you miss your child.
  5. Do not let them know you are homesick for them, too!
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