What Comes Up Most Go Down

wpdev30 Jul, 2016


We’ve all heard that expression, and we want to prepare you for how your child may react following an Adventure Treks trip. It is our experience that students sometimes feel a little down upon returning home. Hopefully, you won’t see this occur with your child, but it is not uncommon for students to fall into a bit of a blue mood following their return to regular routines. They may seem a little sad and frustrated, and they may try to compare everything at home with Adventure Treks. They might even ask to camp out in the back yard!

The reason your child may feel a little sad is directly related to the extraordinary experience we hope he or she just had with Adventure Treks. We call it camp-sickness; psychologists call it an opponent process. What it means is simply that emotions come in pairs. When one thing, such as a great Adventure Treks community, causes a positive emotion, the absence of that experience can create strong emotions on the opposite side of the spectrum. The good news is this common phenomenon is usually short-lived.

You can help ease this transition by making sure your child stays involved in other activities and keeps in touch with friends from the summer. And, most of all, just be patient—your child will come around.

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to share a wonderful adventure with your child. If you have any questions as your student transitions home, please give us a call! Thanks again for sharing your wonderful children.

Enjoy your reunion!

– Dock, DMAC, Josh, Amanda, Stacey, Kate, Joan, Spencer, and all of our instructors


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