Barbara Spalding, Parent Resource & Coach for Education
Absolutely allow her to return to summer camp, especially since she is asking. A year makes all the difference in maturity and self-confidence. Is she returning to the same camp and if so, did she make any friends that will also be returning?
I would also have the discussion with her about maturing, praising her for her bravery and at the same time helping her to understand that the ups and downs, the back and forth in confidence is all part of the discovery phase of being a child/adolescent... that applies to last year's experience as well as this year's experience. This understanding might help her "muscle" through any homesickness difficulty she encounters this summer... just knowing that it is completely normal and expected.
Let me suggest journaling with prompts for positive feedback. Perhaps this is something you work on together in advance of camp... or perhaps you pick up a journal at the local bookstore. I highly recommend that it isn't a blank notebook but instead guided discussion points. Together come up with open ended questions or prompts like "most embarrassing moment" or "today I was surprised by". Were there certain memories from last year that she can capitalize on, like a fear of the diving board that perhaps this summer she hopes to overcome? Add that in the journal or "Proudest Achievement". Journals work with pictures or doodles too if she is too young or not inclined to write. Coming up with these topics will plant the seed for making memories, trying new things and hopefully sticking it out the entire camp session.