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July 12, 2015

Summer Camp Disappointment

This would have been Superstar's 4th summer at Summer Camp.  Yesterday evening, we brought his things to the troop meeting point and packed the troop trailer with his gear. He chatted some with this fellow scouts and we left. The plan was to get up this morning take him to the troop meeting spot again. Say our good-byes and see him off for a week long Summer Camp.

Last night, while at our neighbor's house, he projectile vomited all over me and my neighbor's hallway. He did get to her bathroom but that became equally messy. We sent him home where he took a shower and rested. I stayed, even though my back side was a mess, and helped my neighbor clean up her hallway, floors and walls, and bathroom (same deal) -- it was everywhere.

I got home; asked him how he felt. Good he said! I took his temp over 100. Now what? Do I call and tell them? Do I wait and see how he is in the morning? Camp is 5 hours away, if I send him and he gets sick in the car, then what?  He has a fever so....

Long story short I texted the scoutmaster and decided to keep him home. Some of the other adults are going up Wednesday so if he feels better then he might go up.  He woke up this morning fever free. So I told him if he stays fever free all of today I will take him up tomorrow (Monday) he would miss the first day of activities but will be there for the rest. Well he did not stay fever free. So I'm not taking him up tomorrow.

I can't replace Summer Camp experience and I'm out the money we paid (several hundreds of dollars), but I can work with him on several of his merit badges this week. So that's what we are doing! He feels a little better knowing we are going to get merit badges done, but he's bummed out about missing Summer Camp and I'm bummed for him.  It was with a very heavy mother's heart that I made the call to keep him home.  It was NOT an easy thing to do.

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