What if My Kids Get Homesick at Camp
This is a question that I get from parents all the time. What if my kid gets homesick at camp? It is understandable that you are going to worry about how your child is going to do when they are away from home for four days. It’s a long time for kids and parents to be away from each other. (mostly parents) Here are a few things that we do to make sure your child has a great experience and not miss you too terribly much.
- The camp schedule is designed to keep kids busy with great activities and games. There is very little free time. Most free time is really a choice between activities. This is done by design. Active kids are happy kids. Active kids sleep good at night. Well rested kids are happy kids. Homesickness sets in quickest when kids are bored. Your child will be a lot of things at camp. Bored is not one of them.
Night Time Routine
- Each night our counselors will tuck their kid at night. They will settle the kids down and take a moment to talk with each kid and prays with them before lights out. This individual attention helps relieve any homesickness they may be feeling right before they fall asleep.
- If you child does begin to feel homesick, counselor will give them extra attention throughout the day. By sitting by them during service or meal times. Focused attention throughout the day does help homesickness.
- If it continues to get worse, then we allow them to spend some time with the Camp Grandparents. They are grandparents who give kids focused attention. (never had to do this yet)
What We Don’t Do
- We do not allow the child to make phone calls to parents. This will only make the situation worse. Please do not call camp wondering if your child is OK. (no news is good news)
- If you want to follow what is happening at camp - follow Fly Kids Fanpage on Facebook. There you can see pictures, videos of your child at camp.
- You can also text or email me to see how your child is doing.
If you have any questions about your child’s well being please contact me at
Pastor Aaron Broberg