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find out they can have a good time and come back home again,” Feuerstein says.


Friends Are Good Straub recommends that packs attend camp together rather than have boys attend different sessions. “If you can go with the rest of your pack, there’s security for the boys because they’ll at least know somebody else there, and you as an adult will know somebody else there,” he says. “That can make for a little more success- ful experience. If you have trouble, you’ve got another parent or adult you can lean on for help.” He also recommends letting the camp


know about other special requests. He once had a family show up who asked to camp with their cousins from another pack. While he was happy to accommo- date them, he wished he’d known before


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check-in day. “Any program director or camp director worth their salt wants the kid to have a positive experience,” he says.


The Staff Can Help Both Straub and Feuerstein emphasize that pack leaders should reach out to camp staff if they’re having problems with homesickness. “I identified five or six kids on staff who were really good at dealing with this issue,” Straub says. “There are some kids who are really good at talking to other kids.”


Feuerstein, meanwhile, offers extra


help to packs that are camping for the first time, or whose experienced camp leaders have moved on to Boy Scouting. “We always have staff to help them,” he says. “They go out and visit them at night and help them get a fire going.” Besides lighting fires, caring staff


members, along with confident pack leaders, can kindle a love for camping that will last a lifetime and that might even counteract the effects of those “We Miss You” collages. ¿


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