What Should You Say to a Homesick Child?

6 Things To Say to a
Homesick Camper

In the first few days of summer camp, it’s very normal for some kids to experience feeling homesick. Some campers tend to experience homesickness a bit more than others. Staff is typically very experienced in redirecting campers’ feelings of homesickness to engaging activities, but sometimes you’ll need to speak to your child about these feelings.

Here are just some ways you can help to put them at ease when they’re feeling this way:

  1. Your feelings are normal especially when you’ve never been far from home for this long.
  2. I have confidence in you. I know you can do it!
  3. Nothing fun or exciting is going on at home.
  4. The days will start going much faster once you’ve fully adapted to camp.
  5. The more you participate and get involved, the better you will feel.
  6. I’m really proud of you!

Lisa Borg
The Camp Expert & Teen Summers

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