Greg Stewart (Greg33@AOL.COM)
Wed, 25 Jun 1997 12:50:44 -0400
Hi ya all again.
Just this weekend we went on an overnighter where we had a boy with a bout of
homesickness. I had similar problems with this 13-year-old boy last fall on
a camp out. On that campout he said he wanted to go home, started to cry,
etc. I encouraged him to go get busy setting up camp (we had just arrived).
A few minutes later he threw up! So I drove him home. (We camped fairly
close that time.) The next day I called his mother to see how he was doing.
She said his recovery was miraculous and immediate. You see, his little
brother was having a birthday party. The scout was healed in time to
engourge himself on cake and ice cream!! Mom thinks he made himself puke so
he could come home.
Anyway, this last weekend, we had no sooner arrived at our destination camp
than he approached me crying that he wanted to go home. This time we were
camping over three hours from his house. I told him I could not leave the
troop for that long to drive him home. He asked to call his mother, who was
at work. (Both folks are nurses and were on swings that night.) I told him
the cell was out of range, so that wouldn't work. He then doubled over
crying even more and told me he had a stomache ache. hmmmmmmm.............
I treated him with a lot of concern as we talked about it, but finally asked
him to go lay down in his tent for one hour, then see how he felt. If he
still felt bad, I told him we could go find a phone and HE could call his
folks, have them leave work, and drive three hours to pick him up.
Needless to say, once he thought about what his parent's reaction might be,
he was miraculously cured once again. That plus the fact that the rest of
the troop was preparing for a short mountain bike ride after dinner took his
mind off of home.
These cases require a lot of patience and communication with the parents.
Please......no family birthday parties while these boys are out camping!!!!!
I would want to come home too!
SM troop 207, Chattaroy, WA
........used to be a beaver...............
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City