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Dear Wandah, how should I respond to my camper when she writes about being homesick?

 

Homesickness is a natural response! Encourage your camper to enjoy her time at camp and that it is okay to be sad, but to know that her family is excited about her experience at camp. It also helps to prepare your camper before they come to camp. Chat with them about homesickness and some ways to cope with it. A favorite trick is purchasing a stuffed animal together so they can squeeze it when they feel sad. Another tip is to send a couple of letters a few days before camp starts so that they can receive mail on their first day.