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Every child has to practice being independent and every parent has to practice letting his or her child be independent. -Michael Thompson, Ph.D., Homesick & Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow Most kids feel some apprehension before going on their first adventure away from home without parents. Many parents are also nervous about the separation from their child, especially if your camper is expressing anxiety about going away to camp. The biggest source of parental concern is often how your child will handle the separation from you and if they will experience negative emotions, often referred to as “homesickness,” while at camp. While most kids do not feel extreme symptoms of homesickness at camp, many experience emotional challenges during their first (and subsequent) experiences at summer camp and other away-from-parent experiences. These feelings are normal and are something that we have helped many campers work through. Campers feel a great sense of accomplishment when they successfully overcome the challenge of homesickness, and we encourage you to view this experience through the lens of the long-term positive outcomes for your child. One of our favorite resources for first-time camp parents is Michael Thompson, Ph.D.'s book Homesick and Happy. Parents will find this book helpful not only as you prepare to send your child to GAC this summer, but also as you ... Read more
It's time to get ready for GAC 2019! We have tons of resources for our first-year families available on our First Year Families resource page. And, we want to connect with you! If you're not able to attend one of our GAC Parties, join us for one of our upcoming online events!