Re: Scouts Calling Home From Camp
Anthony Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET)
Mon, 20 Jul 1998 10:51:44 -0400
<QUOTE> There has been a recent discussion of homesick Scouts and not
allowing Scouts to call home. I could see the merits of this until today.
What about Scoutsick moms??? My son is at camp this week and I am really
missing him. I would love to get a call from him just to hear his voice and
be assured that he is still there and has at least one spot on him that
doesn't have a mosquito bite. I would love to go to family night, but if you
saw my pile of papers I call a desk, you would know that is
I have nothing against a Scout who wants to call home. I will also not stop
him if it's what he really wants to do. In my experience Scouts who are
homesick don't always want to call home. My experience also tells me that
calling home is not always the best thing for a Scout who misses Mom. Of
course, I don't have a lot of experience dealing with Scoutsick moms, but I
have a few ideas on how to get through the week:
* First and foremost, keep busy.
* Have fun (that is, make whatever you are doing as much fun as possible).
* DON'T count the days, hours, minutes, seconds, milliseconds, or
nanoseconds until your son returns.
* Get together with other Scoutsick moms and do something fun (that doesn't
involve talking about how much you miss your son).
Now, these are only suggestions, but they are based on years of dealing with
homesick Scouts. The major difference is that your neighbors aren't going to
tease you about your need to call your son.
<QUOTE>Personally, I think all Scouts should be REQUIRED to call home at
"Well mom, I was gonna call, but me and the guys were ..."
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