Tom Conlon (t.conlon2@GENIE.GEIS.COM)
Tue, 9 Aug 1994 03:59:00 UTC
My $.02 worth on the homesickness issue and how we deal with it.
What we usually do is keep the kids so busy from sunup to lights out that
the kid doesn't have time to be homesick. When we do have a kid get
homesick, it's usually after dark. When it happenes, one of our ASM's, who
we think has been around since BP, takes the kid aside and after talking to
hime for awhile, tells him that unfortunately the phone, which is in the AD
Building, is out of order and we don't know when it'll be repaired. Usually
by the morning the kid has decided that he's going to have a good time and
doesn't really need to call home. By Friday, wonder of wonders, the phone
is miraculously repaired. By then it's too late to call since he'll be
going home the next day anyway.
In addition our site is down by the lake. The phone is in the AD building,
about a mile away - uphill. That does tend to take away from the desire to
call home, too.
I wouldn't be too happy if our camp had a pay phone by the Trading Post,
either. Makes it too easy for a kid to "take the easy way out."
However, one of our leaders has a cel-phone in his car. We usually keep his
car at the site for use in an emergency. We don't let the kids know about
the car phone, but we know it's there if we need it.
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