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different than being with your
school friends."
Leah spent much of her camp time
kayaking, and expressed the yearning
common to many campers. "The
minute camp ends, you want to go
back."

now, but that doesn't mean it won't
work in the future.'"
David Zwickl, a student at
Birmingham Groves High School, is
philosophical about his summer
camp experiences. His first time at
camp was filled with over-
whelming homesickness.
Homesickness
"I gave it a good shot and
While the majority of
then went home," says the
Scott Lowen,
campers plan their return
energetic sophomore from
left, and fellow
before their trunks are
Southfield.
unpacked, camp is not for
Subsequent summers
campers at
every child. Parents need
found
him at a golf camp
St. Louis'
to distinguish which cries
up north. "I went with
Gateway Arch.
of homesickness are garden
my cousin and some
variety and which are not.
friends," David says. "My
"You have to know your
skills improved and I had
child," says Yashinsky-
a lot of fun."
Chute.
Lifelong friendships is a topic that
When those first pleas of anguish
arises frequently among current and
drop through the mail slot, a par-
former campers. David's older sister,
ent's initial reaction may be to drive
Becky, a junior at Groves, spent two
straight for camp to the rescue.
summers at Tamarack and then trun-
Yashinsky-Chute advises a wait-and-
dled south to attend Ramah Darom
see approach.
in Clayton, Ga., with two class-
"Parents need to understand that
mates. She returned for a second
their child is trying to get some real- year, even though her school friends
ly big feelings out. Parents need to
did not, because she wanted to
soothe their own anxiety so they can
reconnect with her new Ramah bud-
provide a safe way for kids to express dies.
their feelings," she says. "It is
"It will make it easier come col-
absolutely normal for kids to be real- lege," says Becky, "because I am used
ly homesick. However, when the
to making new friends, being in a
camp says a camper isn't making the
different environment, and being
adjustment and doesn't seem to be
away from my parents."
getting to a place of peacefulness,
Last summer, she and a Ramah
then you have to consider bringing
Darom pal went on a four-week
them home," says Yashinsky-Chute.
camping excursion in Washington
"You have to be careful how you
state sponsored by United
do it. You don't want it to be a fail-
Synagogue Youth.
ure. What you want to say is, 'Look
"I learned a lot about myself last
how brave you were that you did
summer," Becky recalls. "There was
this much. It didn't work for us right
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