How to Choose a Camp: Homesickness

How to Prevent

Helping with Homesickness

What is it?
Homesickness is, above all, a normal feeling. It is the natural result of separating from home and loved ones. In a recent study, nearly 96 percent of all boys and girls who were spending two weeks or more at overnight camp reported some homesickness on at least one day. Almost all children (and grown-ups!) feel homesick when they're away from home. People's feelings simply vary in intensity.

How to Choose a Camp: Preparing For Camp

Camp Is For Everyone

Today, there are camps to meet every interest, price range, and schedule. Knowing your options, as well as your child's personality, will help you identify programs from which your child will benefit most.

Resident Camp
Most offer a variety of programs for children starting at age seven. Resident camp options include coed, single sex and specialty camps that focus on a particular program. Resident camps offer varying overnight accommodations such as cabins, tents, and tepees.

How to Choose a Camp: Safety Tips


ACA Accreditation assures parents that the camp has had a regular, independent safety audit that goes beyond regulations in most states.

Accreditation is different than licensing.

Benefits of Camp: Skill Development

How Parents View The Camp Experience

Why Is It Important To Send My Child To Camp?

Youth development experts agree that children need a variety of experiences in their lives to help them grow into healthy adolescents and adults. For children to develop positive behaviors, their experiences must produce:

· A sense of industry and competency
Do they develop skills? Do they learn to work for what is important? Are they successful at what they do?

Benefits of Camp: Psychological Aspects

Camp And Youth Development Outcomes

Parents want the best opportunities for their children. They want them to have whatever it takes to be happy and successful - good health, ability to get along with others, thinking and problem solving skills, a good self-concept. Children need resiliency skills: self-esteem, life skills, self-reliance, and pro-social behaviors. The camp experience offers a nurturing environment away from the distractions and, in some cases, the hostile environment of the city.

Camp Trends: Tuition

The bottom line about camp costs is that there's a camp for just about every budget. Fees to attend camp can vary. Resident camp tuition averages can be $690 per week to up to a $2,000+ a week. Day camp tuition averages can be $304 a week up to $500+ a week. (2012 ACA Business Operations Report)

Assistance offered from camps:

Camp Trends: Enrollment

Enrollment continues to rise

Each summer more than 11 million children and adults take advantage of the camp experience. In a 2009 Camper Enrollment Survey, over 50% of responding camps reported the same or higher enrollment than previous summers.

Female campers account for 55 percent of total enrollment while male campers account for 45 percent.

The most popular session length is one week or less, although the majority of independent camp operators offer four, six, and eight-week sessions.