Dear American Girl,

I am at sleepaway camp and I’m so homesick. It seems as if everyone else is having fun but I really miss my family. I’m too scared to tell my bunkmates or the camp counselors how I feel. What should I do?
-Anxious camper

Here's your advice:

See if your parents can mail you a picture of your whole family. Keep it with you and look at it when you feel homesick.
-Valerie, age 9, Michigan

I went to camp for the first time a few weeks ago. One of the girls in my cabin told me that she was really homesick, too. I told her that I felt the same way. It turned out that our whole cabin was feeling homesick so we were all able to help each other through it.
-Danedu, age 11, California

Try your best to enjoy yourself because when camp is over, you might regret not having had fun.
-Danielle, age 12, Ireland

My advice is to gather up your courage and tell a camp counselor. Don’t worry about what others will think—just be concerned about how you feel. Remember, camp counselors are there to help you. They’ve dealt with homesick campers before so they will have awesome advice.
-Rebecca, age 11, California

Camp is all about getting out of your comfort zone, meeting new friends, and doing new activities. Do your best to enjoy everything, and remember—it will come to an end.
-Ella, age 12, Ohio

I have been homesick at sleepaway camps before, too. Talking to other people about how you feel can really help. They can give you advice. If it’s allowed, see if you can write a letter home.
-Lili, age 11, Colorado

Remember that you’re at camp to have fun! If you’re having lots of fun at camp, time will fly by. If you’re thinking about how much you miss your parents, it will seem to last forever.
-Isabella, age 10, Ohio

Ask yourself this question: Why am I scared? If you figure out what is making you feel icky, maybe you can figure out how to make it better. If that doesn’t work, make a list of all the fun things at camp. Try to make the best of it!
-Katie, age 11, Oklahoma

When I was at camp this summer, I really missed my family and dog. I got through it by focusing on camp activities and making lots of memories. The funny thing is that when I got home, I really missed camp!
-Minnie, age 12, Texas

Try not to talk to your parents too much. It seems crazy but it can help to keep home off your mind sometimes. That way you can focus on what you’re doing at camp.
-Jessah, age 11, Georgia

I felt homesick at camp, too. I tried to keep myself as busy as possible. I did lots of new activities and made new friends. After that, I had no time to miss my parents.
-Lydia, age 12, Canada

Write a letter to your parents every day. Tell them all about the new experiences you’re having and the fun things you are doing with your new friends. If you can’t mail the letters to them, save them and read them to your parents when you’re home.
-Christina, age 13, Illinois

When you start to feel homesick close your eyes and think of a happy place. For example, I think of sitting on a cloud and then I imagine the happiest thing I can think of.
-Angel, age 12, Washington

Try to keep yourself busy. Do things like hiking or creative crafts. You’ll be home before you know it.
-Abigail, age 14, South Carolina

I’d suggest talking to your cabin mates about the funniest things that have happened to you. It’ll get all of you laughing and you will be having a great time.
-Veronica, age 13, Minnesota

HELP! from You