Homesickness at camp? We have a solution for you

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

It may go against your parenting instincts, but the American Camping Association recommends not making a promise that you will pick your child up from summer camp if he or she gets homesick.

The "Pick-Up Deal," as the association calls it undermines a child's confidence about the camp experience.

Rather than focus on the what-ifs, the ACA suggests helping your child better prepare to go away. The association offers the following tips:

  • work together as a family to select a camp, plan, and pack
  • spend practice time away from home, such as a long weekend at a friend's house
  • experiment with the best coping strategies during this practice separation
  • prepare pre-stamped, pre-addressed envelopes to bring to camp

To learn more about prepping children for sleep-away camp, visit