Summer Camps and Friendship

Just why do kids make such close friendships at camps?

Summer Camps

Did your children go away to camp this summer? Then likely you were pleased and amazed by the close friendship they formed over such a short period of time, particularly if they were at residential camp. There’s a reason why making such good friends at camp is a natural explains psychologist Michael Thompson, author of Homesick and Happy. “I think the friendships that kids make at camp are often closer than the friendships they make at school because of the intensity and the intimacy of living with people 24/7 and having to take care of each other’s feelings without parents around. At school you can go home and tell your parents a story but at camp it’s your friends who saw that you were scared on the high ropes course or saw that you fell waterskiing, it’s your friends who take care of you and the living together means you see each other all in good times and bad.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Michael Thompson, a psychologist, international speaker, and author of Homesick and Happy.

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