scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: First Year Summer Camper: Lessons Learned
Michael Derleth (michael_derleth@ELI.NET
Thu Feb 10 2000 - 09:48:51 CST
James Wilson (asks about most important lesson parents learned their
--Attend the troop information night. If your troop doesn't have one,
ask for one. Or at least a copy of the leader book that all camps
give to unit leaders.
--Pay particular attention to how gear should be packed. If the troop
has to hike to the campsite, don't use a footlocker. Borrow a pack
instead. Know any specific troop/camp policies on radios, Nintendos,
etc. and please follow them to avoid unpleasantness.
--Know the camp policy on phone usage. Don't tell your son he can
call home if the camp frowns on that. This causes homesickness more
often than it cures it. Ditto for telling your son he can come home
if he doesn't like it.
--Don't be upset if your son doesn't earn any merit badges. There are
specific programs in the troop to get him through his first year of
advancement. Only then, three ranks from now do merit badges matter.
The goal should be for him to have fun at camp. This sets the stage
for a long and happy career.
As for homesickness, I will look for a great article by Fr. Francis
Schwartz of Rockford, IL. It has been included in the Canyon Camp
Leaders Guide for over 30 years, and is a great guide for preventing
and dealing with homesickness.
Michael Derleth MDerleth@ELI.Net
ASM T14 Vancouver, WA Eagle Scout Staff SR-177