My 13 year old son goes every year to a weekly camp, where I drop him off on Sunday and pick him up on Friday. He usually goes for two or three sessions. And every year after the first session ends and he comes back home for the weekend, the same thing happens. He does not want to go back! when I ask why, his starts complaining of all the chores he has to do, the rules he has to follow and the kids or counselors he doesn't get along with...but he also tells me about all the other fun things he does and all the great friends he makes.
So I make him go back and ALWAYS he comes back from the second session with a big smile and wanting to return next year. This summer was no exception and he didn't want to go back. My husband and I decided he had to return. We value all the great positive things they do at camp, specially the interaction with other people and the growth and independence they get being away from home.
Though every time I "make" him go, I feel like the worst mother. In my heart I know he will have fun, but I hate the drama! He needs to learn that the world won't adjust to him and his needs, but it's the other way around...a big lesson!