Some time after the summer camp fun is done and all the best stories are retold in great detail, your camper becomes melancholy without a reason.
Sounds familiar? No worries, because your adventurer is actually going through camp homesickness – otherwise known as missing camp as one might miss home. Is it bad? Not really – it’s a sign that your adventurer has enjoyed the camp session (or two!) and had the time of their life with fellow adventurers. After a few days of recovery, the benefits of camp will spread to other aspects of their life: school, friends, and family. Positivity, willingness to explore and try new things, independence (and maybe even the initiative to fold their own clothes!) – such joy should be accepted, shared, and returned back to the adventurer for best results.
How to maintain and encourage the spirit of adventure? We heard so many times that campers meet up in Toronto right after camp and throughout the year – watch camp videos, look through photos, laugh together, and remember fond memories. Every year lots of DiscoveryLand Camp’s buddies reconnect to sign up for the same session. Camp veterans know that living in overnight summer camps and doing a lot of activities together for 2+ weeks allows you to form close friendships that will last for many years.
Moreover, we, DiscoveryLand Camp staff, have reunions after camp ends – to discuss the best moments, favorite activities, find areas for improvement for the next season… and sing favorite camp songs and just to enjoy our awesome counselors’ team.
DiscoveryLand Camp is called a truly leadership camp, and one of the goals we have is to develop the very valuable network for young people – a network based on challenges that they had to overcome and the moments of victory and happiness they had. If that sounds interesting, greatly recommend signing up for the Leadership In Action – a unique course full of character building and self-improvement moments.