Home sick story
Terry Slade (TMSLADE@IPGATE.ACTX.EDU)
Wed, 5 Aug 1998 08:35:41 -0500
I was a camp commissioner at camp last year. My troop was
there the first week. I noticed that one of the scouts was not
acting right and not eating. He said he didn't feel good and so I
sent him to see the camp medic. I knew what the real problem
was, but I thought it best to have him checked anyways. The
medic came to me and said that my diagnosis was correct. The
scout was deeply homesick on the second day of camp and he
wanted to call home. I figured it would be ok.
Later that day, the father of the scout showed up and I thought it
was from the call. The dad went to a few classes and ate with the
troop, then went home. The scout seemed to pick up nicely.
The next day, the father came back to camp and found me. It
seems that the scout had not talked to mom or dad, but had left a
message on their machine. "Mom. Dad. I'm not having any fun.
Please come get me". It seems that dad heard the message after
leaving camp and going home that night. He was surprised to say
the least. His son ended up earning 7 merit badges that week.
This year he earned 9 merit badges and is a Life scout. He has
asked to be on staff next year at camp.
Home sickness is in the mind, not the scout. The father now
kicks himself because he did not keep the tape with his sons
pleading on it, so he could play it back to him some day. Camp
can be a scary place for a first year camper.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City