W. W. Mitchell, II (ww2@AIRMAIL.NET)
Wed, 18 Jun 1997 11:06:09 -0500
Just returned last week from Camp Cherokee near Athens Tx. Had 8 1st year
scouts (out of 13 total) and three of those were from another troop. I want
my mom problems were rampant after the 1st day. My basic rule was "no calls
home" - but I also had a cell phone, which allowed me to circumvent camp
rules if I thought necessary. I allowed three calls - after I had tried all
my tricks to stop the crying. Before the scouts call I made them promise
not to beg mom to pick them up, then I called mom (or dad) and told them the
scout was going to call, that he was not sick etc. I had no more problems
with those whom I allowed to call, and the rest of the young ones got so
engrossed in the program that they never asked to call again. It seems to
me that the leader on the ground should have the resolve not to allow the
calls home, but with the descretion to bend the rules if He (or she) thinks
best. I do agree that an unscheduled trip to camp from mom or dad has all
the ingrediants of a disaster in so far as homesickness is concerned.
Absent emergency or medical reasons, parents should not make unscheduled
camp visits to first year campers. My opinions for what they may be worth.
w.w. mitchell, CC Troop 729, Dallas, Tx.
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