Re: Summer Camp
Steven Featherkile (madwolf@EARTHLINK.NET)
Mon, 16 Jun 1997 17:13:17 -0700
> DADDY come and take junior home too.
We solved the problem by taking our scouts out of council 2 of 3 years.
On the year we stay in council, we tell them not to come up for all the
reasons that have been listed.
One year, when my son was 12 or so (took him several summers to get over
being homesick) he called me and asked, very plaintively, if I would
come get him. I told him I would be up that night. I packed my
sleeping bag, and other camp necessaries, and headed up. When he found
out that I planned to stay till camp was over, he was very distraught.
I asked him why he insisted on leaving. After much "teeth pulling," I
learned that he had a particular aversion to pit toilets, and had not
gone "number two" since he left home 4 days earlier. He would retch
(still does, and he is 17) whenever he went near the Kybo. I took him
up to the staff bathroom, waited untill it was clear, told him not to
come out until he was finished. About a half hour later, a very happy
camper emerged, ready to get on with camp. Take home message: It might
be something other than Homesickness. Take the time to find out.
Former SM T319, La Mesa, CA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City