Re: Scouts Calling Home From Camp
Ian N Ford FRSH (addvent@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Fri, 17 Jul 1998 07:18:06 +0100
On Thu, 16 Jul 1998, John P. Blanchard wrote:
> 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.
Several issue. First, I don't know how eficient USPS is, but in most
parts of UK postcards are officially second class mail, but are treated
fourth class ... send a postcard home so you get a reminder of your
Summer holiday at Christmas. OK, I exaggerate slightly. <g>
> 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.
Being out of touch can add to the stress if the Scout is worried about a
sick sibling or pet or other things are going on in his or her life. In UK
examination results come out over the school holidays, and the older Scouts
will phone home for the exam results. (OK,text pagers would solve this one.
Beep beep " Failed French Math A Eng B Mom " Or maybe they are waiting
to hear about a vacation job offer ... being held incommunicado for a
week or more is no longer acceptable to many kids !
> 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.
Fot the past eight years I have been on staff at Baden-Powell High
Adventure Camp, BSA's camp in Sheffield, England. (Pickup from the airport
or rail station by arrangement). Not many parents make unannounced visits.
When home is in another country ( I am talking about kids whose
temporary home is in France, Holland, Belgium etc. and they are in camp
in UK, not just the kids whose parents go home to the USA ... this year
we had one Scout in camp who didn't just pack his gear for Summer Camp ...
he packed his room. When the troop got back to base he would be taken to
a friends home for a meal and a clean-up then taken to the airport to
fly to USA to join his family, who had already moved to the States ten
days previously. The contents of his room followed by container, by the way.
As Provisional SM I had one kid who flew in from Saudi Arabia for camp,
using Dad's frequent flier miles. ( " I can always shower and change in the
Executive Club lounge on the way back ! " )
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