Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Sleepwalking
Mon, 2 Aug 1999 08:53:06 -0600
>This past week at summer camp I had a small scare....a sleepwalker. Luckily
>he ended up in a campsite with a Leader I knew that woke him and returned him
>to the proper campsite. My fear is ... what if he ended up lost in the
>woods? On regular campouts I can usually hear a zipper open and wake up, but
>at summer camp they can just walk out of the tents! Has anybody had any
>experience with this situation?
Oh Boy! Have I ever!
We were on a winter survival camout....boys chose a site with a buddy and
built survival huts to sleep in. The temp was around 15 degrees at
night....I was awakened about 3AM to the sound of someone yelling,
"Hello?.......Hello?" At first I though it was just a bunch of "late nite
scouts" still having a good time so I yelled out of the peep hole in my
winter bag, "GET BACK TO BED!!" When the "hellos" continued, I got out of
my warm bag ready to chew somebody out.....I found a scout, about 50ft from
his hut, barefoot, wandering around in the woods. Neither he nor his
parents had ever said a word about him being a sleepwalker. We now watch
him at night.....and I've considered tying a rope around his leg (G) in
winter camping situations.
The other situation regarding a sleepwalker came up at an OA ordeal night
out. The scout said that he walked in his sleep......the runner placing
the scout, tied a rope around the scout's waist and around a nearby
tree....and said, "goodnight!".
Although these are seemingly humorous anechdotes about sleepwalkers and
thank the Great Spirit that nothing disasterous happened, I can see that
this could be a BIG problem. I'm anxious to hear someone with training
and/or experience respond.
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