Our 8th grader does not have any close friends. He is very social, and gets along with lots of kids at school, but does not go out, (to the mall, dances, sporting events etc.). He is not an athlete, and prefers to stay home and read, play video games, watch tv or help DH outside with projects. It doesn't seem to bother him, but we worry about him feeling left out, and just not letting us know. We have not found anything he wants to join. Unlike every other kid today, he does not have a phone, and does not want one. In elementary school, he had two really close friends. They don't really have anything to do with him anymore b/c they are so involved in their own sports which keep them really busy and they hang out with their teammates. (they don't hang out with each other anymore either b/c they are in different sports). We have had the opportunity to observe him at school (while volunteering at a couple of events) and he tries to get in the conversation/group, but other than him inserting a few comments, he is really on the fringe, with his "friends" carrying on a conversation amongst themselves. I know this is generalizing, and not pc, but he is not a total nerd or gross, but he is also not as far along (physically) as a lot of the boys in his grade. Has not hit his growth spurt, has a little baby fat still. We would love for him to just have one close friend, or one group that actually seems to appreciate him. One thing that did bother him is a class trip that is coming up. He did not end up in a roommate group with any of his friends, and had to get put in a group with "leftover" kids. He was so upset when this happened that he didn't even want to go. He has decided he wants to go, but is dreading having to room with these boys, and has said he will sleep in a chair or on the floor. I don't know what to do for him, if anything, or if I'm just getting this off my chest.