It is not uncommon for children to get homesick while at camp. In a recent study, psychologist Dr. Christopher Thurber studied homesickness in 329 boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16 at resident camps. According to his results, 83 percent of the campers studied reported homesickness on at least one day of camp.
Homesickness is most commonly felt when campers have the least to do, which of course is normally the exact moment they choose to write home! If you get a sad letter, please respond by doing two things quickly. First, write them an email or letter letting them know that you understand they miss home but are also proud of them for their growth at camp. Secondly, call and let us know. Chances are that we will be aware that they have missed home, but we can also speak with their counselors and work with you to help us be able to help your camper.
Please be reassured that our counselors are well trained in how to work with a homesick camper. Our staff is excellent in working with and helping homesick campers deal with homesickness. It is very rare for one of our campers to leave camp early due to homesickness. The fastest way for a camper to remain homesick is when you say you will come get them. Please do not promise your child that if they are homesick you will come pick them up. Campers who are homesick usually grow tremendously during their time at camp, and are proud of themselves when the week is over and they see how much they have personally accomplished.
If at any time you are worried about your camper being homesick, we invite you to call our office and speak to one of our Campsite Assistant Directors who would love to talk to you about your child.