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Dealing with homesickness at summer camp


Are you worried about how your child will handle an overnight summer camp?

Amber Grundy is the director of Camp Tannadoonah, she says camp is a great experience and nerves shouldn't keep a kid home. "Talk about the fact that it is normal to be a little homesick, but they're there to have a good time and it's ok to be missing home, but you still want to encourage them to try it and sort of expand their horizon."

Here are some other tips:

-Don't make a pick up deal with your child. Drop them off at camp with the idea that you will see them at the end of the week. If you give them the option of leaving early, they will think you don't believe they can make it.

-Don't let your child call home. Hearing your voice will make your child more homesick.

-Write positive letters throughout the week. Don't write about things your child missing out on or how much you miss them.

At Crystal Springs Camp, director Dan Stuglik says they rarely worry about kids staying homesick. He says that once kids get involved in the activities, they're having so much fun they forget about missing home.

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