Gerald Belton (gbelton@CRIS.COM)
Sun, 7 Aug 1994 11:28:13 -0500
> If you really need to call home we can arrange it, but I'd like to talk to
> your Mum first if you don't mind. I don't want her to get upset worrying
Since you mentioned this, I would like to bring up something that has been
This summer was my first time at Summer Camp as an adult. I was shocked to
see a **pay phone** hanging on the wall outside the trading post. Every day
after every meal there would be a line of boys, usually YOUNG boys, waiting
for a turn at the phone.
It seems to me that this would only make any problems with homesickness much
worse. Then on top of that, the Family Night activities were scheduled for
Wednesday night. In previous years, they have always been on Friday night.
We were told it was changed because too many boys went home with their
parents on Friday night. Well, who cares? They were going home Saturday
morning anyway! We had a boy in our troop who had some problems with
homesickness early in the week, but by Wednesday he seemed to have worked
them out; he was having a good time and seemed in good spirits. But when
his parents arrived for supper Wednesday evening, he decided he wanted to go
home. His father was VERY angry, and told the boy that all the money they
spent on camp would be wasted if he went home. The boy cried, and insisted
that he wanted to go home. His father told him that if he went home, he
could forget about Scouting as they weren't going to throw away money like
that. The end result was that the boy went home, and hasn't been back to a
scout meeting since. His parents don't return my phone call, either.
I can remember when I was a scout, there was a room behind the mess hall for
"Scouters Only." There was hot coffee available around the clock, and the
only payphone in camp was there. A scoutmaster could bring a boy in there
to call home, if the SCOUTMASTER felt that it would help.
I really don't see how having a phone available to the boys at their
discretion can add anything to their camp experience.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City