Preparing for Homesickness at Summer Camp

An overnight summer camp for boys and girls, Camp Waziyatah provides 130 acres of beautiful woods, fields, trails and sporting areas, as well as a warm 3.5-mile spring-fed lake. Campers participate in activities ranging from water skiing to horseback riding to “the blob”, a much-loved water feature. A renowned destination, Camp Waziyatah served as the setting for Bug Juice, a world-famous television series on the Disney Channel.

Many parents worry about homesickness when sending kids to summer camp. Parents can help prevent homesickness, a normal condition that arises when children separate from their parents and homes for longer than normal, by taking action before their child arrives at camp. First, parents should have kids practice “independent time” throughout the year. This time should be spent away from home and away from parents. Sleepovers represent a perfect opportunity for independent time because they prepare a child for the overnight summer camp experience.

Once a child arrives at camp, his or her parents should send that child a care package to help him or her feel more secure. Furthermore, if a parent is concerned about homesickness, it helps to inform the camp director about a child’s emotional state. That way, camp staff can keep an eye on him or her and intervene when needed.