If your child gets off the bus showing a variety of symptoms that you’ve never seen before, they might be campsick. Do they feel the incredible desire to be back at camp? Have they not stopped telling camp stories? Do they try in every way to incorporate camp life into the “real world” Don’t fight it… embrace it! Here are some helpful tips to help make your campsick child’s transition back to the real world a little easier.
You will be delightfully rested from the summer while your children were away, so now is your chance to shine in the kitchen, “Camp Style”.
Have the hot chocolate ready in the morning, break open a box of Ellios pizza, and don’t forget dessert with a side of sun-butter. Or better yet, make ke-babs like Babs.
Start a chant when you have milk and cookies (but you can really start a chant for just about everything)
No need to dress up, but wear blue & white on Friday night and Saturday morning, and also if you venture out together as a family.
Wear jerseys, and play a basketball game against the family next door. After you win, run around the house in celebration (recommendation: keep the celebrating outside)
Blast the Jackson 5 when you play.
Sing the Welcome Song when someone comes to your house.
Sing at the table.
Sing “This place is AMAZING… How do you know?!”
Turn off your cell phones and play games at the dinner table.
Play 1-2-3-4 lift the table off the floor.
Put up a tent in your living room (or make one out of blankets), and make s’mores.
Light the lamps of Beauty, Truth, Fortitude, and Love.
Play elephant freeze, and have a talking contest. Play the rain game.
Have a “biggest leaf” contest with your neighbors.
Start every day with mindfulness, and then a riddle.
Set up a 1 day color war in your backyard. Don’t forget to buy the face paint!!
Stop everything just to see the sunset.
Honor each other at the end of the day.
Don’t forget Super Clean-up and personal inspection is on Friday. (We’ve got this routine going. Hopefully, you can keep it up) Rap about the grime under their beds.
This is your chance to go thru their things, throw out the old water-bottles (if they actually made it home), and start picking thru the trunk, once it’s delivered.
Don’t be surprised if they only want to talk to their “Camp Friends”.
You are still the most important people in their lives.
Slowly but surely, you’ll start to recognize your child.
Aside from some physical changes, and the “camp sickness” that they might have come home with, we hope that they’ve come home with some extra confidence and independence.
And that they are starting day 1 at home with a new countdown to Summer 2019.
Keep in touch with us. We get camp sick too.
You don’t even have to book a phone appointment!