Guide for parents
Is my child mature enough?
A holiday camp can be a great opportunity for your child to develop more independence. But it can also be a painful experience if your child is not ready yet. Before you consider letting your child participate in a camp, you should consider a few questions that can make the decision easier.
Has my child spent the night with friends or relatives a few times without feeling homesick?
How does your child feel when spending the night at friends or relatives? Does your child proactively suggest spending the night outside of the parents’ home? If he or she has already experienced this several times without problems, this can be a good sign. Conversely, feeling homesick can mean that your child still needs time and it is still too early for a longer stay.
Does my child look forward to school trips beforehand?
Enjoying staying outside the parental home is a good indication that your child can feel comfortable in an unfamiliar environment for a longer period of time. How did my child behave on the school trip? Was he or she scared? Did he or she need a lot of counselling? Or was it a positive experience?
How independent is my child in everyday life?
If your child is quite independent in everyday life, then camp can be a positive experience for him or her. The new surroundings, the unfamiliar other participants and roommates require kids to approach others and a degree of open-mindedness.
What can I do if my child is homesick?
Every child can feel homesick. Our team of counsellors is trained and sensitised for this. Tricks, such as positive encouragement, distractions or even “Homesick drops” help the child to overcome feeling homesick. Every child has a room counsellor here. He or she is the most important confidant in the camp.
The Kids Camp is suited as a starter camp for 6-11-year olds.
How can I optimally prepare my child for camp?
We have suggestions of how you can prepare your child for situations of feeling homesick prior to the trip.
What matters is that you make your child feel that it is in good hands at camp. That it will spend a great time and especially that you trust that it will enjoy the experience. Foster your child’s independence by, for example, considering together which items could be packed. Feeling homesick arises from a fear of loss. Explain to your child that you, as parents, may not be at camp, but that you can still be reached.
A great way to prevent overdoing phone calls is to set telephone times in advance. Too many phone calls can increase the feeling of being homesick. If your child does not contact you at all, it is usually a good sign.
What can I do if my child is homesick anyway?
Most children are described as partially homesick, when they only feel that way at certain times. For example, after meals, when things calm down. Most children can still be easily distracted though. It is a good idea to speak to the room counsellor who can best observe and assess the situation. If the feeling of being homesick cannot be improved over a longer period of time, it is advisable to pick up your child and try again the following year.