When kids get home from camp, they often miss their camp friends and routines. They’ve also just experienced a new level of independence and coming home may feel a bit suffocating. Here’s how to help transition your kid from camp life back to reality.
- Throw a welcome home party. When our kids returned home from camp for the first time, they were greeted with “Welcome Home” signs, giddy siblings, neighbors, cousins and friends. We had favorite meals ready for them and a special and fun evening pool party. Coming home felt pretty darn great.
- Plan activities. Don’t let them come home and wallow in boredom. Remind them that being home is fun too and plan some family outings.
- Did your child discover a new interest at camp? Maybe they learned a bit of guitar, enjoyed being in the camp play or discovered they had a flare for arts and crafts. Encourage them to continue with these interests with local classes. Supporting their new camp interest at home is a positive step in helping with the transition home.
- Encourage them to keep a journal and get all of their friends’ email and snail mail addresses. Having your child keep in touch makes being away from their summer buddies a little less painful.
- If your kids are on social media, they can stay connected with camp through Facebook and other channels. It is a great way for a child to keep that connected feeling to camp.
Follow these tips and when your little campers come home, you’ll likely be met with open arms as well as the requests to go back next summer!