We realize it is easier to watch this transition on our end than it is for a parent who receives a letter describing their daughter’s desire to come home. A strong-hearted parent who can remind his or her daughter that she has what it takes to adapt to and to enjoy Camp is essential to a camper’s ability to turn the corner and settle in to Camp.
It is amazing to see girls deal with these difficult emotions and come through on the other side, confident and happy in a new situation. This is exactly why you are sending your daughter to Camp, and while it may be a challenge for her at first, ultimately it will be one of her best growing experiences.
You will feel so proud of her when you get to pick her up on Closing Day! And you will feel proud of yourself, too. Giving her the opportunity to find her footing in an unfamiliar place, to find that God cares for her everywhere, to learn to trust her own inner strength - that is an irreplacable gift, and one that may cost you both some challenging emotions! But we can say from years of experience, it will be worth it.