It is never too early to start planning for your son or daughter’s summer at camp. There are many exciting things about going to camp for the first time—new friends, great adventures, and an opportunity for increased independence. Camp can be a great “life-training” experience for children, building their independence and teaching self-reliance and social skills they will use throughout their life.
For some children, homesickness may also be a part of their experience. This is a normal and natural reaction to being away from home. Preventing or minimizing homesickness can be accomplished by using a number of practical steps before your child attends camp. Dr. Chris Thurber, a pediatric doctor and psychologist, developed the following list of helpful tips, which may assist you in making your child’s stay at camp a great one.
Tips for Parents
Tips for Campers
These strategies can be used at different times, and will work in different ways. Some may work better than others for you.
Letter writing can be a helpful way to maintain contact, because it requires narrative reflection, which promotes an understanding of one’s experience.