Re: Scouts Calling Home From Camp
John P. Blanchard (Foxblue@AOL.COM)
Thu, 16 Jul 1998 20:08:23 EDT
Our camp until recently had its public pay phone upstair in the
administration bldg. just outside the office. The rule was you needed a note
from your SM though I doubt it was universally enforced. The phone has now
been moved downstairs were staff is less likely to notice.
My opinion is that scouts should not call home, unless all other solutions to
homesickness is are explored including contacting the camp chaplain (our camp
has three). This is suppose to be a time of beginning independance............
for him & from you.
Why not try sending letters or postcards? Keep them upbeat and don't tell him
how much you miss him! You could start sending before he even leaves for camp.
If not a first year camper then I would expect problem is with parents. I
have had a 13 and 16 year old (6' 260 lbs) first year campers who have been
homesick but generally its been first year campers. Also why not send him
with self-addressed self-stamped envelope or postcard for him to send to you.
Now for parents: I have had parents show up unannounced with dogs
sometimes.........in fact one well meaning mother almost caught me between
swimtrunks and shorts/tshirt........only a quick turn and fast dressing saved
me and her from meeting!!!! Let's remember summer camp is for the scouts not
the parents. On moving in day we have a big feast of food for everyone
(scouts, parents, siblings, etc.) then we invite them to leave. On Friday
night we invite the troop committee down for our annual troop campfire/skit
blow out.......also BORs as needed. On Saturday parents are invited ofr the
campwide Sat. night show but not back to campsite and do not sit with scouts
though they can visit briefly if they desire after the show. Next day Sunday
they are invited back to camp for a Chicken Barbeceu without scouts, a camp
-wide dress parade, and troop court of honor............then they can have
their sons back for another year!!!!!!!!!!
John Blanchard SM Troop 35 West Greenwich, RI Narragansett Council
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