Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Fri, 17 Jul 1998 09:22:10 -0500
Homesickness is a very individual thing. Having experienced some severe
problems with it my first two years at summer camp, I'd suggest that each
scout should be considered individually. For some, a call home may be the
answer; for others, it's something else.
The one thing I've found to be almost universal is that scouts who are busy
are less likely to be homesick. Many times (as camp director) I was able
to avoid the call home by encouraging the scout to participate in the day's
activities first and then taking a little extra effort to make sure he had
a great time (rather than just sitting around camp feeling sorry for himself).
By the end of the day, the scout was having too much fun to take time to
I've also had scouts who were not evidently homesick call home and be told
by their parents that they were homesick. Moms and Dads need to be counseled
about what to say when their kids call home--"We're busy with summer house
cleaning and are really glad you're at camp where you can have fun!" Most
scouts don't need to know that they are missed.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City