Sometimes, if the person is a relative of the camper it can cause an even higher possibility of homesickness. Campers that are successful at camp don’t even think about home or their parents. Seeing a parent can remind a camper that they are away from home, upsetting their entire camp experience.
#5. Allowing Campers to Branch Out On Their Own
Attending camp provides a unique opportunity for campers to gain independence and self-reliance. It can be challenging for campers to readjust after a family/friend visit for both the camper and fellow campers or cabin mates whose parents cannot visit. Minnesota Farmers Union Camp is a great opportunity to gain independence and self-confidence when a parent or friend visits it undermines that. If a camper can complete a camp session without contact with a parent or friend, they will have a huge sense of accomplishment, and a definite boost to their confidence.
#6. Disruption of Camp Activities
Daily camp activities run on a very full and tight schedule. If visitors were to be constantly coming and going it would be a huge disruption for the camp staff and could lead to many problems that multiply exponentially. For example, if a visitor shows up to camp unannounced a camp staff member will have to attend to the needs of the visitor, pulling them away from their assigned duties. If that duty was not finished the camp staff will have to attend to it later, throwing off their entire schedule and possibly leading to problems down the road like lack of sleep.
#7. Visitor Policy Modeled after other Farmers Union and General Camps
Minnesota Farmers Union’s visitor policy is by no means unique. National Farmers Union All States Camp limits the time for visitors to one evening meal, and many camps nationwide do not allow visitors at all due to the many reasons listed above.