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    • Wow!  Thankfully he doesn't have asthma.  That is really scary.  It was sunny and in the 50s this weekend -- but went down to freezing overnight, so I am guessing he was near it in the evening.  He said he tried to stay away and stay upwind, but it got realy smoky once because someone put a green log on it.  They were cooking over a camp stove. He should have been well dressed enough to not really need to be near it.  I don't think he changed clothes all weekend.  He had on his class As with a shirt underneath, plus he had a hoodie he wore a lot.  And he had a winter coat and hat for evening.  Now, whether he wore them or not.......that I cannot attest to......    
    • He got allergy shots for 5 years and they really helped.  He rarely gets season allergies symptoms now -- maybe a day or two in the spring and again in the fall.  We have him use Flonase most of the year and Xyzal during peak times.     Hmmm.  That might help, but he would probably not want to stand out like that. 
    • Attending summer camp as the first trip for most new Scouts is daunting... news boys, away from home, etc.  There is a good chance that if he attends some weekend trips between now and summer, he will be more inclined to attend summer camp.  Except in cases where special supervision or support is required, parents should not be attending trips.  The situation here does not seem very special, but as others commented...  input from the counselor and/or Scoutmaster should be helpful.  
    • Sounds like my son.  He had similar symptoms after many campouts.  One year after summer camp we had to take him to the emergency room as it triggered an asthma attack. Over time we learned to be diligent  with allergy medications before and during campouts.  We had prescription medications.  We learned to keep a distance to the fire and not to be downwind of the fire.  Scouts like to be as close to a fire as possible so this is indeed a learning process. As far as cold weather camping if you dress properly you don't need to be near a fire.  In fact a fire can be detrimental as it can easily increase perspiration (especially those scouts who like to be as close as possible).  Dryness is a major factor in staying warm.
    • I have no problems with it.  Tried jsut now and worked fine.
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