Michael Dobson (dobson@NET.USUHS.MIL)
Mon, 15 Aug 1994 12:40:29 -0400
All this talk about homesickness, phones, and family night is interesting.
I just came back from a week's Webelos Camp with 6 boys. We were very
fortunate in that we didn't have any serious homesickness problems. Five
of the six boys were there for their second year, the first time camper was
my 9 year old who has been camping since he was 6 months old.
While there is a pay phone at camp, the location is not known to the Scouts
generally (it's in the one area, screened from the rest of camp, where the
adults can smoke). If a Scout absolutely needs to call home, the call is
placed by a leader who talks to the parents first to let them know what's
up. The parents are encouraged to give their son a positive message about
remaining in camp.
We don't have a family night at camp. Being some 200 miles from our
Council, travel down for an evening program simply isn't practical. The
distance also dramaticly cuts down on the number of scouts who leave camp.
There just aren't that many parents willing to make the 7-8 hour round trip
to pick up their son unless it is absolutely necessary.
Mike, Eagle '70, CM Pack 1071, MC Troop 1071, Olde Mill District, NCAC
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