Re: Homesick - with a sting in the tail !
Rodger Morris (rlm@SUNED1.NSWSES.NAVY.MIL)
Tue, 9 Aug 1994 16:59:57 PDT
>The Friday evening we left for camp Robert's aunt brought him up to the
>church hall. She asked if we could have a private word. She said that
>Robert's dad had cancer, and the doctor had said that would not survive the
>weekend. The end was going to be messy, and the family had decided that they
>didn't want Robert there. So they sent him off to camp as arranged.
>Robert knew his Dad had been seriously ill , but I don't think he knew just
>how seriously ill he was .
>Saturday morning came and Robert was seen wandering off into the woods,
>and appeared to be crying. The Patrol Leader came to see me and asked me to
>do something about Robert. He had left his dishwashing and wandered off.
>The other Scouts were annoyed because they had to finish it off. One of
>them had apparently said something to Robert about " skiving off " which had
>upset him. " What's the matter, Ian ? Is he homesick ? "
In a somewhat similar case, I told my Scouts:
"He has extremely good reason to be upset. I am not at liberty to tell you
more about it at this time. Upon my honor as a Scouter, I will tell you just
as soon as I am at liberty to do so. Please help him out this weekend.
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City