As you read this, my boys are on a big Scout camp in Holland. Both of them. They’ve been there for six days already and they will be there for another six.
It’s a pretty big deal and, I’ll be honest, I’ve been dreading it for over a year now, since they first signed up for it. But it was their decision to go and I was never going to stop them. I will always support them going on adventures, spending time in the great outdoors, having new experiences and getting out of their comfort zones wherever possible. It will be an amazing experience, one they will remember for the rest of their lives.
But I’m sure it won’t be plain sailing either – being away from home, meeting new people, a lack of sleep, unfamiliar foods. That’s a lot to deal with, especially when you’re only 11. Last year, my younger son didn’t survive a week long camp, coming home on the fourth day, so this is a huge step up for him. He’s grown in confidence over the last year, and had an amazing time on his recent school residential, but he’s still very young to be away from home for that long.
There are a fair few Scouts from their group on the camp too, which will make it easier for them. But there are plenty of Scouts who never camp and plenty more who would never contemplate a camp any longer than a weekend. Not to mention all of those kids who don’t even do Scouts or any outdoor activities – who are happy to spend their lives in front of a screen. My boys like their screens, but I’m pleased to say they love adventures too.
I think they are incredibly brave and I am very proud of them (I also can’t wait to see them again!).
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