WATCH ABOVE: A Reddit user posted a comical letter her cousin’s daughter sent, expressing her disgust with the overnight camp experience. One expert says it’s a common situation that many kids go through. Erica Vella has the story.
TORONTO — For some children, summer camp can be a heart wrenching experience filled with homesick nights and terrible food.
One Reddit user posted a comical letter her cousin’s daughter sent, expressing her disgust with the overnight camp experience.
“I am going to murder you guys when I get home — well, you mom because you did this to me,” the letter read.
“We had to take a stupid swim test. I know you said I would love it but I will never. It is terrible. Luv ya and please ask me next time so you don’t waste $700 on me.”
This isn’t the first time parents have posted funny letters sent by young ones on a summer adventure.
Gillian Weintraub has sent her son to summer camp six years in a row and said he recently sent her a letter while away at camp.
“I am not going next year,” the letter said.
“First of all, our trippers really messed up.We paddle for four hours trying to find a site when it was supposed to be a one hour paddle.”
Weintraub said that although there are tough days, it doesn’t take long for her son to forget and just have fun.
“I know by the time I get this – because they delay the letters, it’s a least four or five days later – he’s already back at camp and he’s already happy,” she said.
“Some experiences you just have to go through.”
Natasha Sharma, psychotherapist says summer camp is a great way to get kids to be more social and independent.
“They develop their social skills even further because they are away for days or weeks at a time,” Sharma said.
“Most kids will adjust just fine. The first time they go to camp it might be a little iffy, but just like going to school, the first time the going to school, it’s a little bit of an adjustment but kids come to expect it.”
Weintraub sees the benefits of summer camp in her son.
“It gives them a sort of independence,” she said.
“Plus, the friends that he has made are friends he has made for life.”