Phones at camp
Nate Mann AP35-1008 x4774 (ndmann@TACL.DNET.GE.COM)
Mon, 8 Aug 1994 09:11:38 EDT
I also agree; a busy scout (Cub/Boy) is MUCH less likely to be homesick than
an idle/bored scout. Earlier this summer my wife and I were co-program
directors for one of our district's two Cub Day Camps. Record June heat
used a lot of "Plan B" activities to keep the boys and leaders cool. We
didn't lose anyone to homesickness. We didn't even have time to miss our
older son who was attending Summer Camp the same week, on the same reservation
(but 1.5 miles down the road). Getting back to phones on camp, we did have a
couple emergencies which required use of the phone (back room, out of sight)
at our Daycamp. Due to the limited # of phone lines at the reservation, all
we had access to was a party line; which was constantly tied up by others,
including homesick Boy Scouts! We were LUCKY to have a lawyer on staff with a
handy FLIP-PHONE. So, if you do need to have a call home; please encourage
your boys to keep it reasonably short.
The Scoutmaster of my older son's troop also has a FLIP-PHONE which fits
into a shirt pocket. It's handy to be able to return from a bus trip and have
the boys call parents while 30-45 miles out of town. Did any of the younger
boys call home from summer camp? Nope. They were BUSY and the adult scouters
made sure Proper Prior Prep was Promoted to Prevent Poor Performance.
This was the Second year in a row T40 Cherokee District, Lincoln Heritage
Council has EARNED the Honors Troop recognition at summer camp. I was amazed
to hear what a different experience T30 had at the same week of the same camp.
There was a lot of good advice posted on the net in the June 27... time frame
regarding pre-camp prep, at camp responsibilities, and hopefully, the
leadership of T30 will analyse what happened and the advice given, and have a
much more successful camp next summer; however, T40 will be striving for
their third HONOR TROOP strip in a row.
T40 trained assistant scoutmaster
(waiting for younger son to move up)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City