How to Cope With Feeling Homesick at Overnight Camp

After being in the summer camp industry for some time now, one of the top questions we get asked is, “what if my child gets homesick?” While there is no way to predict whether or not your son or daughter will get homesick while away at overnight summer camp in NY, there are some ways to prepare. It is extremely common for children to feel homesick at summer camp. Here at Camp Kinder Ring, we have come up with a few ways for both you and your child to get ready to power through this summer! 

  1. Think Positive About Camp- One of the worst things parents can do is instill the fear of hating summer camp in their child. Mostly because there is nothing to hate about summer camp! Speak positively about attending summer camp. Remind your son or daughter of all of the fun experiences they are going to have this summer and all of the new friends he or she will make. As a parent, you need to feel confident about your son or daughter attending summer camp. Don’t create a “pick up plan” where your son or daughter can be picked up at any moment just because they are feeling homesick or sad, they will get through it!
  2. Practice for Summer Camp- Since there are still a few weeks before summer camp starts, do a practice summer camp weekend. Consider trying out some of the summer camp activities that your son or daughter will be doing. This allows the child to feel more confident about their abilities once they are actually doing it with fellow campers.
  3. Tour the Camp- If you haven’t already, we highly recommend that you and your child to for a tour of the summer camp. This will give your son or daughter a chance to familiarize themselves with the area and where all of the summer camp facilities are.
  4. Speak with the Staff- If possible, speak with or meet with a member of the summer camp staff. Voice any of your concerns and ask any questions you might have. If possible, have your son or daughter meet a counselor or staff member too. This will give your child a familiar face around camp once summer camp starts! 

If you’re looking for the best overnight summer camp in NY, contact Camp Kinder Ring at (845)-221-2771 for more information or to schedule a tour today!


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