Guest Blog | American Camp Association(ACA)
Camp is an action-packed adventure.
Each day brings new and exciting opportunities for growth and accomplishment.
At the same time, strong bonds of friendship and community are developing. It
truly is a life-changing experience. And when the embers of the last campfire
have cooled, and campers make their way home, often children experience a mild
case of the "end of camp blues."
The blues are not uncommon — causing
some children to be tired, moody, quieter than usual, or even irritable or
grumpy. The American Camp Association® (ACA) recommends the following tips for
families to help ease the transition from camp to home:
- Help them relax and adjust to the slower pace of
non-camp life. Suggest they take a warm shower and get plenty of
rest. Plan to have an "old favorite" for dinner.
- Encourage reconnecting with friends from home.
Volunteer to set up play dates and get-togethers to help re-establish a
sense of belonging with friends they haven't seen in a long time.
- Allow your child to write, email, or call camp
friends. Many camps encourage campers to exchange e-mail
and IM addresses with one another. Parents should make sure to oversee
their child's online activities, and make sure that all camp policies are
- Be open and available to talk about camp. Allow
your children to reflect on their friends, their favorite moment at camp,
and what they miss most about camp. Sharing experiences and feelings will
help them feel connected to you, and will make the transition easier.
- Organize a small "reunion."
Getting together with local camp friends can help reassure your child that
though his or her friends are out of sight, they are not out of mind!
If your child gets the blues,
remember that they miss camp because they had fun — and they enjoyed taking
healthy risks in a safe and nurturing environment. And, it is normal for them
to miss their camp family the same way they missed their home family at camp.
By being supportive and understanding, families can ease the sadness and help
campers adjust to life at home. And, families can help campers remember that
next summer is not that far away.
Contact Public Relations at
765.346.3391 or pr@ACAcamps.org to interview an
ACA spokesperson or for more information about coping with camp sickness. For
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Center at www.ACAcamps.org/press-room.
The American Camp Association® (ACA) is a national organization with more
than 10,000 individual members and nearly 3,000 member camps. ACA is
committed to collaborating with those who believe in quality camp and outdoor
experiences for children, youth, and adults. ACA provides advocacy and
evidence-based education and professional development, and is the only national
accrediting body for the organized camp experience. ACA accredits
approximately 2,400 diverse camps nationally. ACA-Accredited® Camps meet
up to 300 health and safety standards. Accreditation provides public
evidence of a camp’s commitment to the health, safety, and overall well-being
of both campers and staff. For more information, visit www.ACAcamps.org.
Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association. ©2017, American
Camping Association, Inc.