Re: day Camp: Pat on back
Lorie McGraw (llmcgraw@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Tue, 23 Jun 1998 14:17:29 +0000
Hi, Monica, As a Program Director and National Day camp School graduate I
must assume that the training that you refer to is the staff training
session for the day camp, not NDCS training. Our position at our day camp
is that if the boy does a good job, you praise him, give him a "Well Done"
and a pat on the back, etc. The YP section of the training addresses
improper touching and how to recognize it. The fact is, kids need
>physical< contact, and they will get it. If it is not a kind touch on the
arm from a leader, it will be a push or shove to another scout. Kids are
talked to all day long. I find a gentle hand on a shoulder calms most
scouts if angry, afraid, upset, or about to get into mischief, with few to
no words spoken. I agree with you, Monica. I believe that we are denying
a basic need of kids if we refuse to give them positive physical feedback.
And just what would happen to a leader who did hug a child? This
Day Camp may lose a lot of volunteers, would be my guess. And I would not
want my son to go to such a camp.
Just my opinion.
BTW, my camp opened last night and the Pirate Adventure on the High Seas is
a great success! Tonight the ship will get stormed by the local University
Fencing team in period costume.....they tell me there is a surprise in store
for me.....Oh, how I love public humiliation!!!!!!! (can't wait!). Fencing
with foam swords (made for ~28 cents each. I will detail this in a later post).
And I DO hug those kids!!! It's better than candy and doesn't rot their teeth!
On Monday Monica Dennis wrote:
>My ACM went to day camp training as she will be a DL at Cub Day Camp and
>was having a nice time when the person who was running the training stated
>that they were thinking of adding a new rule to the one's that already
>exist. No adult would be allowed to touch a cub for *any* reason and the
>trainer said that this would *even* include putting a hand on the boys
>shoulder to say "Hey, Great job on that craft"
>There are so many reasons that I have a problem with this possibly occuring
>that I don't think that I will list them all, but I will tell you one
>problem that I have. I believe that kids on a daily basis *need* positive
>affection in the form of touch and if we take that away from them we are
>telling them that there is no such thing as ok touching and I truly cannot
Lorie McGraw <email@example.com>
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