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Homesickness – Do’s and Don’ts
 for Parents Preparing for Sleep Away Camp

Homesickness is a fact of life.  It is human nature to pine for what is known and comfortable.  And a stay at summer camp – even for a seasoned camper – can generate pangs of longing for the comforts of home:  the family pet, mom and dad, even a sibling that isn’t favored when they are together. 


At camp, we acknowledge homesickness as a valid emotion; we don’t diminish the feeling.  We use our own experiences as former campers and adults away from home to help guide campers through those feelings of unease and discomfort.  We help develop the skills to conquer pangs of emotion.


Successfully navigating a sleep away camp experience requires preparation both on the part of the parent and the camper. The following tips are provided to help guide your camp preparations and ensure a camp experience that builds the skills to deal with setbacks such as homesickness, rather than one that is overshadowed by such emotions.


What to do Prior to Camp


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What to do During Camp


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Remember that by sending your child to sleep away camp you have given them an incredible opportunity to develop new skills and abilities which will serve them for the rest of their life. While you may not be present while these skills are being developed, you (as well as your camper) will certainly benefit from your child’s increased confidence, independence and ability to problem solve without your assistance.