Almost all children (and grown-ups!) miss home when they’re away. In a recent study, nearly 96% of all campers spending two or more weeks at an overnight camp reported that they missed home on at least one day. At Shrine Mont Camps we prepare and discuss missing home throughout our training week so that our staff can combat missing home efficiently and keep campers happy and engaged at camp. We pride ourselves on our staff’s ability to make every camper feel that they belong and have a place at camp.
You’ll notice that we say missing home instead of homesick, because homesick implies that something is wrong with them (which is not the case) and can sometimes make campers believe they are actually ill. There are also several things that you can do to help both you and your child have the best camp experience.
5 Ways You Can Set Your Child Up for Success at Camp
For many campers, between your pre-camp conversations and our staff support at camp, we are able to overcome missing home in most cases.
There are a few other things we wanted to bring to your attention that may seem helpful to do, but can be harmful to your child’s camp experience.
Please take note of these things we ask you to avoid:
Please remember you are always our first call if there is anything of concern with your child at camp. We will call you for helpful tools if there are issues, and you are notified if your camper spends much time with the nurse. You can also expect an email from your child’s counselor within the first few days of camp which will update you on what your child has been up to since arriving at camp! And, you can follow us on Instagram & Facebook or our Camp Blog for camp updates.
We are so honored that you trust us with your children this summer and we look forward to seeing you on the mountain!
For more information on how you can help your camper through missing home, please check out this blog post by our friends at the American Camp Association!
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