Preparing for Camp
Separating from home/family and adjusting to camp is part of the camp experience. Here are some suggestions to help your son and your family prepare for camp.
- Read books about going to camp.
- Talk with other parents and friends whose children have gone to camp.
- Become familiar with camp schedules & procedures.
- Browse our Pre-Camp Toolbox with your son to answer his questions about camp.
- Role play with your son about how to respond to camp situations.
- Inform the family about writing letters to your son while he’s at camp. Keep letters and e-mails upbeat and positive.
- Be positive about your son’s upcoming experiences at camp - avoid statements like “I know you will have a great time at camp, but I will miss you so much”.
Homesickness may occur during the first few days of camp. This is a normal occurrence and is not limited to campers. Even staff have occasional feelings of homesickness. Explain to your son that this is a common feeling. Our staff is alert to boys that are homesick.
Almost always the homesickness disappears after a few days. You may receive a sad and/or negative letter from your son, especially if he is homesick the first few days of camp. Usually, subsequent letters are more positive and up-beat. If you are worried or concerned, don't hesitate to contact us. We will be glad to check on your son and give you a full report.
When you write to your son, it is helpful to center your attention on what the child is doing at camp rather than detailed accounts of what is happening at home. In all cases, be sure to set a positive and encouraging tone.
You, as a parent, need to be ready for your child to go to camp. You will also feel pangs of “homesickness” for your son. Don’t make “bargains” with your child by telling him if he doesn’t like camp or is homesick, you will come get him. This sets up the child for failure and a lack of serious effort to give camp a chance.
Part of the camp experience is for a child to learn self-sufficiency and self confidence. Falling Creek provides a child the opportunity to learn the give and take of group living and developing interpersonal relationships. Know your child is in good hands and we monitor his adjustment and well-being. Help us in this partnership by supporting and encouraging your son to try new things and take advantage of all Falling Creek has to offer.