scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Homesick Scouts
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET
Fri Jul 14 2000 - 19:50:41 CDT
Mick Cole <MicCCole@AOL.COM> wrote (in part):
>While I suspect there's no sure method for dealing with homesickness in
>all cases, there are some techniques I have found to be useful at Camp
>Massaweepie, just down the road from Sabattis. In no particular order.
[snip ... excellent list of suggestions, including]
>4. Keep the program going until lights out, especially for younger
>scouts. A nightly campfire can be extremely helpful. Make sure the SPL
>understands the necessity of keeping the first year scouts involved in
>all aspects of the nightly campfire. The importance of the fellowship
>formed around a campfire as an antidote to excessive homesickness
>cannot be over-stated.
Based on this year's program of having staffers visit each troop's camp
site and tell a scary story at the campfire, I would add, LEAVE OUT THE
SCARY STORIES, especially the first night!
I had two 10-year-olds in tears at the door to my tent after I had
already climbed into my sleeping bag. Fortunately, I must have said the
right thing, as they managed to calm down for the night. One of them
took a lot of counseling to get through the week, but he made it. One of
my assistants was last year's homesick Scout.
Also, many years ago, I had a Scout whom I thought I knew fairly well
(since age 3, and one of my son's best friends) come down with a severe
case of homesickness his SECOND year at camp. Turned out his parents
were separating and would eventually divorce. It would have been nice
to know about that ahead of time, but that borders on a family's need
for privacy to work out their own problems. There's not much we can do
about things like that.
Alan R. Houser ** email@example.com
** Scoutmaster, Troop 24, Berkeley, California **
** Committee Member, Crew 24, Berkeley, California **
** Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Herms District **
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