7 Ways to Prevent Homesickness at Sleepaway Camp

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By Keren Perles

Whether your child has been begging to go to sleepover camp, or you’ve been trying to convince her to go, she may feel a longing for home once she’s there. But have no fear! “It is important to note that getting over homesickness is empowering for kids,” says Gregg Parker, owner and director of Camp Waziyatah in Waterford, Maine. “Some of our happiest campers started out homesick.” In fact, homesickness usually goes away within two or three days of arriving at camp, he says. While there’s no surefire solution for a kid who misses her mama, these seven tips may help you prevent homesickness altogether.