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Even though it's felt like November in Boston all week, summer is right around the corner and that means it's time for camp.

New England was the birthplace of the American summer camp movement in the late 19th century. To this day, many parents of the Northeastern megalopolis still send their children to while away for a few weeks on an isolated lakeside in New Hampshire or Vermont. But not as many as you'd think, according to Arlington psychologist Michael Thompson.

Thomas said parents are getting more and more anxious about sending their kids away, and that's depriving a whole generation of some crucial developmental experiences. He has a new book called "Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow."

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This segment aired on May 3, 2012.

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