With that being said, there are a few things you should know related to missing home:
- Missing home is a topic of particular concern that we focus on during staff training sessions. Our counselors are trained to identify and help those campers who are missing home to cope with their feelings while also fostering a nurturing environment which will help alleviate feelings of missing home.
- If a camper expresses these feelings, it usually occurs within the first 24 hours of camp. Their first letter home to you may seem sad; however, know that these feelings will usually disappear within the first few days of camp. You should anticipate that your child’s second letter home will be more cheerful.
- Letters from parents or family should be mindful of the impact on a young camper who is away from home. For instance, saying things such as “the cat and dog miss you and we wish you were home with us right now” can cause and/or exacerbate these feelings. The best advice we can give is to let your child know that your life is going on as usual, that you hope he/she is having a great time and that you will see him/her soon.
- In an effort to provide your camper and your family with the best possible camping experience, we will contact you if your child is experiencing significant homesickness that does not diminish after the first night of camp. This is a rare occurrence.