Summer Camp Rant
Kim Moye (kmoye@SUN2177.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Mon, 8 Jun 1998 13:26:38 -0500
Well, my son returned from summer camp this past Saturday. *He* had a great
time, but......I now have more empathy for the pressure some scoutmasters
may feel about little "Billy" not getting his money's worth from camp.
A parent, who I'm sure with good intentions, (and who wasn't at camp) was
upset and surprised to learn that my son only took three merit badges and
didn't complete any.
CJ did not take any of the merit badges he told me he was going to take.
I assumed that he'd be changing his mind until he signed up at camp. He
*chose* not to take the swimming test, so was not eligible for canoeing
or rowing. (Okay, that surprised me that he didn't take the test, and he
can swim, but I guess he had his reasons).
He can't finish Camping and Emergency Prepardness at camp. He could have
finished Indian Lore, but if he didn't want to make the crafts at camp...
*He* selected three merit badges. I guess I have the wrong attitude. As
long as he stayed busy enough to stay out of mischief and keep from getting
homesick....what does it matter as long as he had a good time? I know some
boys get 5 to 6 done at camp, and that's fine if that's what they want.
Apparently my son didn't.
Do I feel that my son got *my* money's worth? You bet. He had fun. He
entertained me with stories when he got home. And most importantly, he
came home safely.
The adults that take a week of vacation so my son could have a good time
should be thanked. The staff that put on the programs should be thanked.
The fact that he may not be getting as many merit badges as some others is
*his* decision, not the leaders', not the staffs', but his.
He may not remember what merit badges he earned at camp years from now, but
I bet he remembers some of the stories that he told me, and yes, I got my
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