Me, on the other hand, I went to Girl Scout camp for a week after 4th grade (at 10.5; he was still 10 this summer) and hated it. I spent the entire week being homesick and didn't enjoy the activities at all - part of that, too, was because we had counselors who didn't want to be there (we were in almost the last group of the summer and I think they were sick of being there all summer), so we didn't either! I never went back and never did another week away from home - that had 'done it'! Sigh. Glad ds fared better, though! (But I knew that if I didn't go, he'd've quit scouts and hated the week away)
If you give a little more info, maybe we can give you some suggestions. How old is your child? How long was he/she away, or are you just looking for experiences because your considering overnight camp for the future?
Sorry I couldn't respond sooner; I've been away a few days. I'm glad you found our board and jumped in with this question. I'd be happy to talk about camp selection and experiences some more. Hope to see you again soon!
I think she actually enjoyed the last 1 1/2 days...but I am not sure. She sometimes talks about going back. Next spring, we are planning on taking her for a week end and we will spend the week end in the area. I just got a post card from her counselors yesterday saying that it took a while but in the end, she helped cousnsel some of the others who were homesick and seemed to enjoy the experience. She doesn't seem to want to talk about the homesickness now...when she saw the card, she hid it in her folder.
Next summer, I might also try to get a job in the kitchen...they don't have any volunteer positions. After their experience with her this year, they might welcome my presence!
Thanks for the responses!