Whatever your child’s age, if it is their first time or tenth time away from home, separation is not always easy.

Here are some tips:

  • Take time to learn about Ford Castle. Find us on a map, consider the many activities available, and take advantage of our gallery of photos from previous visits

  • Explain to your child that they will meet new friends and discover activities that they’ve never tried before

  • Encourage your child to communicate with their group leaders and hosts, in any circumstance throughout their stay. Our staff and directors are here to help solve any difficulties, whether they are tired or missing home.

  • Remember to put a small token from home in the suitcase! Maybe a blanket, a good luck letter or a nice surprise.