scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Homesick Scouts
Rick Seymour (Rick@KUDU.NET
Tue Jul 11 2000 - 11:34:01 CDT
Rik Bergethon writes:
>Now, you can call out of our council summer camp,
>which is OK, because the line at the pay phone each
>night, as the homesick scouts called home, was about
> fifty boys long.
We have a 10 yo Scout who just can't get enough Scouting. He loves
everything about it, and can't understand why so many Scouts in our Troop
earn Eagle just before they turn 18. His goal is to earn Eagle by the time
he is 13 and plans to be First Class by the end of this Summer. He sees
summer camp as the only way to go.
Phil crossed over with two other 10yo Scouts and all three mothers had
planned to send the boys to local day camps. However his determination has
inspired all three of his buddies to go to Camp Sabattis with the older
boys, a long way from home in the wilds of the Adirondacks.
So what's the problem? The tears start to flow as soon as the sun go down.
Phil is articulate about his homesickness. He points out that he does not
get as homesick at campouts close to home in car-camping surroundings even
though the time period is the same as trips to wilderness areas in the next
Anyone have a "How to do it" approach to homesickness in ten-year-olds?
Yours in Scouting,