We know how overwhelming it can be to a select a new camp for your family. There are a huge number of great programs out there and we like to think that Shrine Mont Camps speaks for itself, but the reality is that there are so many questions to be answered before a family is ready to commit to a new camping program. Besides the obvious questions like ‘where will my camper sleep?’ and ‘do I need to send snacks along’ (in cabins and NO, respectively), one of the biggest concerns for parents can often be…what happens if my camper starts to miss home? How will your camp handle a delicate situation such as this? We can assure you that Shrine Mont Camps is well-versed in tending to the needs of those campers who miss home throughout their time at camp, but read on to find out more!
It is important for parents and campers to understand ahead of time that missing home is a completely normal feeling, especially if it’s a camper’s first time away from home. We hope that you will speak to your camper about worries that he or she may have while at camp. If you know of any particular personal or family related issues that may be on your camper’s mind during camp, please do not keep it to yourself. Specific concerns can be noted on the health form or related to us by email. In all cases the information will be kept confidential and shared only with the appropriate parties, but it is extremely helpful for us to be aware of potential stressors or anxieties campers may be bringing to camp so that we can prepare accordingly.
With that being said, there are a few things you should know related to missing home:
Our intention at Shrine Mont Camps is to make your camper feel as safe, loved and happy as possible while he/she is away from home and sometimes addressing feelings of missing home is a part of this process. We hope you take this opportunity to speak with your camper about how brave it is to try a new, big and seemingly-scary thing…and also how trying a new thing (like camp!) can lead to so much FUN and many new friendships. We may be a bit biased here, but if missing home is a piece of the CAMP puzzle then we’ll take it; besides, we’ve all missed home before so we’re familiar with the feeling. We're certain that with the right amount of love and encouragement from your child's counselor, homesickness will be a distant memory by the time you arrive for closing worship!
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