Re: Homesick scouts
Geoff Green (ggre1@AURORA.CC.MONASH.EDU.AU)
Mon, 11 Jul 1994 12:03:05 +1000
On Fri, 8 Jul 1994, Haluska Ed wrote:
> Anne wrote..
> >... why would a parent force their child to go camping
> > when they don't want to?
> There may be a time for this. IF the Scout is emotionally ready to be
> challenged by going camping, but is just a little afraid of trying,
> he may need a little parental "encouragement." ;-). Sometimes a young
> birds needs to kicked a little to help it learn how to fly. On
> the other had, please don't send me a Scout that that is an emotional
> wreck for a week-long campout.
Yes i agree with this quite often it's the unknown that scares them and
once they arrive at the camp site it's a completly different story.
> > Edward A. Haluska wrote some other suggestions about visiting parents
> > and regular phone calls home. I don't think this is always wise.
> > Sometimes it is getting worse, when the scouts are getting in
> > contact with the parents - and then you have to deal with the
> > parents too...
I have been on camps where the worst thing to do was have the parents visit.
One boy was away on his first camp and loving it. His parents were
worried that he would be homesick so they came up and visited him on the
second day (of a 3 day camp). As soon as they had left he became
> > The best "cure" in my opininion, is to keep the scouts working
> > together with his patrol, preferably to activate him with things
> > he is good at. I remember a very homesick, but also very rational
> > scout, who cried each night, but during the days where involved
> > with activities, told long stories at the campfires and had a
> > pleasent time.
This is a good solution, but it doesn't have to be just with his patrol.
As long as he/she is working and very busy they won't even have time to
think about being homesick. It's only when they sit down and do nothing
for a little while that they start thinking of home, friends, etc.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City