Increasing the number of camp-related home stays by offering more camps does not replace the connection that many parents find through Interchange.
In addition, camp-based home stays cover the same level of risk as Interchange-related home stays. Currently, chapters are not doing home visits as part of the screening process for families that hosts a camp home stay.
Yet the coordinators at the Graz gathering committed to making home visits with the new Interchange risk checklist part of the screening process for Interchange.
Further, it’s worth noting that home stays during camps are not always happy experiences. If a delegate is leaning towards homesickness, a home stay will often trigger feelings of longing for the delegates own family and home. It is not unusual for host families during camp home stays to work very hard to distract a homesick delegate before returning the delegate to camp.