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The most important thing to know about missing home is that everyone experiences it, even the counselors. There are many things that can contribute such as never having been away from home before, no previous camp experience, or being in a new environment. Our counselors are trained how to assist and help your daughter if she begins to miss home.
There are some measures you can take prior to your daughter's experience at camp that may help:
Involve her in the process...go through this information with her and make sure you pack with her, not for her.
Encourage practice time away from home. Arrange for a night away at a friend's house or grandparent's house.
Display confidence and enthusiasm about the upcoming camp experience...if you make it sound exciting, she will follow along.
We also urge you to avoid telling your daughter that you will pick her up if she doesn't like camp. Through experience we've learned that once girls start getting to know their new friends and counselors, homesickness usually goes away. We want every girl to get the full experience and this cannot happen if they are told that they can go home at any time.
Instead, encourage her by telling her that camp is what she makes it. If she looks at it as an adventure, she is sure to have a great time.
Please remember that missing home is normal and that severe cases of homesickness are rare. Most kids love camp.
If your daughter does become homesick, the counseling staff will work carefully with her to help her feel more comfortable. If after a period of time, these efforts are unsuccessful, the parent will be notified and offered the option of coming to pick up the child. Please note that no refund can be provided in such circumstances.