Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Wed, 1 Jul 1998 07:50:57 -0500
I've found that one of the best methods to combat homesickness is for
Scouts to get lots and lots of mail from home while they are at camp.
So I encourage parents (especially those of first year campers) to send
a letter to their son so it arrives on Monday. I also encourage
families to ask relatives and friends to write to the boys while they
are at camp. We have a troop "Mail King" contest during each summer
camp trip with the winner being the boy who receives the most mail.
This year's summer camp contingent of 46 Scouts received 655 pieces of
mail, and we didn't have a single seriously homesick boy.
The camp we attended this year had also removed the pay phone so Scouts
could not call home. This was due to excessive prank 911 phone calls
from the pay phone during the 1997 summer camp season. From my own
observation and from comments from other leaders, the absence of a pay
phone seemed to cut down on homesickness since it was impossible for a
boy to call home.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City