Dealing with Homesickness at Overnight Camp

If Homesickness strikes… (Original article: http://www.ourkids.net/camp/homesickness.php)

By Christl Dabu, Our Kids The Summer Camp Guide 2012

Often, all homesick campers need is a little help from their camp friends.

With the goal of encouraging children to be self-sufficient and independent, camps are experts at helping kids deal with homesickness.

“Camps know how to welcome and integrate new campers successfully,” writes Catherine Ross, who was the director of Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da for 20 years, in the Our Kids Preparing for Camp e-book (available for free at www.ourkids.net/ebooks).

While overnight camp means adjusting to being away from home, most new campers actually never experience homesickness and prolonged homesickness is rare, Ross points out.

“Children are more adaptable, capable and resilient than we sometimes expect,” she says. Read more here

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