After attending an exciting camp for several weeks, you may feel sad when you return home. Missing summer camp is a common feeling for most campers who enjoyed having days and evenings that were filled with a multitude of activities. One of the reasons that you might feel depressed when you return home is because you miss your new friends.
Missing Summer Camp? Keep in Contact with Other Campers
Fortunately, it’s easy to stay in contact with other people by sending them text messages, emails or using social media sites. In addition, if you live close enough to some of your fellow campers, then you can visit each other or have a get-together at a nearby location such as a shopping mall.
Get Involved in Numerous Activities When You Return Home
An additional reason for missing summer camp is the counselors. They kept you busy with daily activities such as crafts, hiking or horseback riding.
You never needed to plan anything. The counselors were responsible for arranging your schedule. And they made sure that you had very little downtime. After arriving back home, you might return to your lazy ways of watching television all day or surfing on the internet all evening.
If you want to remain active, then you need to turn off the computer and television so that you can get out of the house. Look for ways to stay as busy back at home as you were in camp. Then you won’t feel as depressed about missing your new friends.
Create a Scrapbook with Your Camping Photographs
If you took pictures while you were at camp, print out some of them. Create a scrapbook or collage or journal to look at every day. Having good memories about summer camp from photographs helps you to realize that more memories can be created throughout the school year.
And you will also get to return to camp next year. Remember that if you miss swimming or cookouts, it is possible to enjoy these activities at home. Look for an indoor community swimming pool. Join a swim team. Plan outdoor barbecues in the autumn with your friends from school.
Have a Backyard Camp at Home
Missing summer camp? Recreate the experience at home before the weather gets too cold. Place a tent in your own backyard.
Invite your school friends over for a weekend campout. Recruit your parents to help you barbecue hamburgers, hot dogs and s’mores. Your friends might have enough fun at your backyard camp that they will want to join you next summer at a real camp.