COPING WITH CAMP JITTERS, HOMESICKNESS, AND OTHER SUMMERTIME SOCIAL AILMENTS
ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENCE ALL YEAR LONG
To alleviate some of the nervousness about going to a resident camp, the American Camp Association suggests that children practice separations through sleepovers at a friend or relative’s house.
LET YOUR CHILD PARTICPATE IN CAMP PLANNING
From researching camp options to visiting likely camps and checking references, let your child be involved in every step as you move ahead with your summer plans.
GET A CAMP PREVIEW
At a camp open house or visiting days, meet the counselors, tour the buildings, and check out the sleeping, eating and recreation areas.
ANTICIPATE CAMP EXPERIENCES
With your child, talk about what camp will be like and what some of the new experiences are going to be.
PACK SOMETHING SPECIAL
Decide what special object from home will make the trip to camp with your child.
THINK ABOUT A BUDDY
If it’s a child’s first year at resident camp, attending with another family member, a friend from school, or a neighbor can make the transition much easier.
MAKE A PHONE CALL PACT
Agree on how much contact there will be. Whatever you decide, do not make “If you’re homesick, I’ll come and get you!” part of the deal.
SEND A LETTER
Just before camp begins, send a welcome letter or care package so that it’s waiting there on the first or second day of camp.
RESIST THE URGE TO RESCUE
If you do get an anxious phone call or e-mail, calmly reassure your child that things will be okay. Leaving camp early is a last resort, and if there are other issues involved, rescuing your child from the problems will seldom solve or address them.
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This content was last modified on: 03/24/2017