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    • I fully agree.  I'd also suggest developing your own plan for camp.  Such as ... bring two or three large books to read.  Or bring wood carving supplies for yourself.  Or work on your schoool lesson plans for next year.  Or a sewing kit.  Or take lots of naps.  Create a plan for yourself so that you are busy.  Maybe there are courses at the summer camp for adults to become trained adult leaders.  I've seen that too.  But make your activities boring for him so that he goes off on his own with his friends and grows.
    • @ScoutMom45036, welcome to the forums! A couple of son #2's best buddies had anxiety issues ... maybe related to divorce, but usually it was more complicated than that. If the boy's telling you he's nervous about it now, it's a good indication that giong "cold turkey" wont work. Our troop has welcomed moms like you with kids like yours to come camp with us adults. You're not the problem mom who we generally worry about. Generally, you're good company, and you're not hovering over your son. You get to know the leaders and other parents and catch them up on the things your son is going through. You might actually do us a favor and mentor some of our other boys -- that's not expected, but when it happens, it's good to see. During the day, you might be able to help the camp staff . But, at the very least, by getting registered and trained, you'll get a sense of how we leaders should be accountable to one another. That's always helpful. One other thing you might not have noticed: but your son is old enough to take on chores. Make sure he's responsible for some things besides homework ... garbage pick-up and putting out ... setting up and cleaning up dishes ... helping you cook ... checking the doors/lights in the evening ... putting away laundry ... making his bed in the morning.  Just enough of those, and a week away from home begins to sound sweet.
    • We're a bit far afield, but I'm going to guess that you use EPIC in a "normal" practice or hospital setting?  If you're managing to make it even remotely useful for clinical trials/research data retrieval, you've managed to do something that's eluded Nationwide Children's and OSU's medical centers! If we hadn't had access to medical history information, we probably would have felt obliged to hit the panic button on our Garmin InReach and called in a life-flight.  Having a few details from the medical history helped us decide that we could responsibly go with getting the individual to personal vehicle and bugging out in the direction of an ER.  To be sure, we rolled the dice on this one.  Having been dead before, I take cardiac symptoms rather seriously.  If we hadn't had someone saying "look here at this, it's plausibly X instead", I would not have been comfortable with that risk. I don't know enough about epilepsy, and particularly your variety, to know whether there's something different that should be done for first aid for it, compared to other medical emergencies that might look the same to someone giving first aid.  If there's absolutely no difference in what should be done for you, and anyone else who happens to have a non-epileptic seizure, and whatever information that would help EMTs is on your dog-tags, then I don't see how sharing information about your condition would be helpful on your medical history. Dog-tags might be a good solution.  I'm not well-educated on what information can be encoded on them, what is required to access it, and whether there are any impediments to retrieving that information in areas without cell-phone/wireless coverage.  It's also not clear whether they satisfy the requirements of whatever state laws that BSA apparently feels they need to satisfy, regarding camping regulations.   Certainly, if they carry all the necessary information and satisfy legal requirements, having the person's medical history on the person would be a lot more helpful than having it in a binder of forms locked back in the troop van at the trailhead!
    • I agree with that.  My question was about @The Latin Scot's statement that he was looking into forming an "LDS-minded unit" that follows "LDS values."  I am not sure what values he has in mind.  If it is things like The Golden Rule, help the poor, thou shalt not steal, etc., great, because those are Scouting values as well.  If it is things like, the troop doesn't camp on Sunday so the members can fulfill their religious obligations according to LDS church, that's fine too, but it is usually up to the CO to impose something like that, and I don't know what CO would impose something like that other than the LDS church itself, which by definition is NOT going to be the CO after the end of the year.  If it means no girls in a pack, and/or no "girls' troop", that's up to the CO as well.
    • Out of the hundreds of scouts that attended summer camp while I a leader, I can remember two that were absolutely miserable, no matter what we did to help them. Both those scouts were in the same situation of good caring single mothers who put their sons in scouting to give them some experiences with independence. I agree with the comments that this is a difficult to answer your question because each scout is different as well as not knowing the adults of the troop. I'm sure you are being as  up front with the troop as you are with us, so this may just take some gradual steps.   I will throw out one possibility if it comes to this point, there are some older scouts or past scouts who might be willing to personally assist and guide your son if you pay for his camp fees.  I wish you all the success because I have seen that whatever your son is struggling, you as a mother are struggling that much more.  Barry
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