Missing family, pets and home is natural for children. Our staff is trained to work with campers on how to deal with their homesickness.
It is common for the first letters home to indicate traces of sadness. Several campers experience a short adjustment period at the beginning of camp. However, once they get into the routine, campers focus on the excitement of new friends, activities, and achievement. Your support of this normal process is critical to your child's success.
How can you help your child adjust to being away from home?
- Begin at home and build up his/her excitement and pride about his/her independence. Review Culver’s website and videos to reinforce his/her excitement and interest. Explain the normal process of homesickness.
- Set the goal of staying all six weeks. Do not tell your child that he/she can choose to come home or that you will pick him/her up if he/she is homesick – it sets him/her up for failure instead of success.
- Practice overnights with family or friends to help first-time campers adjust to being away.
- Send pictures of family and friends with your child to camp.
- During camp, send upbeat, cheerful letters focusing on how much fun he/she is having and less on what he/she is missing at home.