As you will probably be receiving your first letters home from your sons (unless they’ve been too busy to write!), we also wanted to make a note about homesickness:
While we know that many letters will contain fun stories about new activities or friends, we also know that many will share feelings of missing home or feeling upset. We wanted to make a note of encouraging you as parents in case a few have received homesick “snail mail” letters, reflecting boys’ feelings during the first few days of settling in at camp. Now that the boys have been here for a couple of days and camp is still new to them, this can be a time when homesickness could begin to show in some of them. Homesickness is completely normal and we’re prepared to work with each boy, as no situation is the same.
Our counselors are great at working through homesickness with campers, and we wrote a blog about this last year which you can read here
If you do get a homesick letter in the mail over these next few days, don’t panic. These feelings are common for all campers at some point throughout the session. The challenging times for them can be when things are moving at a slower pace, such as during rest hour or at night. This is also usually when they have the most time to write home!
Please be assured that if your son shows any continuing signs of homesickness, we will be in touch with you. A good rule of thumb typically is that no news from us is good news, and the homesickness usually passes quickly. The boys are learning to be independent and resilient, and you are giving them a great opportunity to do that by allowing them to be at camp!