Re: homesick kids
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Thu, 28 Oct 1993 08:09:48 CST
As one of those kids who was incredibly homesick my first week of summer
camp . . .
Kids are seldom homesick when there are lots of fun things going on. The
problems in camp usually come during the lulls in program. My answer as
a leader and as a camp director was to minimize both the number and duration
of program lulls. As a leader, I always made sure that interesting things
were happening, especially in the evenings--games, campfires, crafts,
stories, supplemental MB study groups, contests, snacks, etc. There were
always fewer problems when we did this. As a camp director, I made sure
there were activities available (but not required) for the troops--a special
shoot at the rifle range, moonlight canoeing or sailing, inter troop campfires,
wide games. I had some great story tellers on staff over the years. Sometimes
they told stories around a fire in the central area and sometimes they were
invited to troop sites to support troop campfires. We just tried to make sure
that the scouts were tired enough that when we "allowed" them to go to bed
they fell asleep quickly. There were always fewer problems with homesickness.
I suggest that if you have a particularly homesick boy you contact the parents
and get their cooperation. Most want to help the boy overcome the problem and
will support your efforts. I would never take a boy home myself, but I would
arrange to have the parents pick him up (if that was their choice).
I have encouraged boys to "hang in there" for a while longer and check back
later if you are still bothered. *Sometimes* it goes away . . .
Roundtable Commissioner, Pawnee Bill District, Will Rogers Council
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