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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Settling Down for the Night

Hello Troops,

It's 12:03 A.M.
Midnight was the start of the second day of our EdVenture and Ultimate Camp. The campers arrived at 7:00 P.M. The EdVenture Campers go home Friday afternoon. The Ultimate Campers go home Saturday morning.

We've spent the last hour working with a young camper struggling with home sickness and a fear of aliens. His mother says he was fine with sci fi and aliens until he and his younger brother watched the movie Signs ten days ago. Since then he's had nightmares and has developed a fear of space and aliens.

He started crying before the first rotation started. I talked him into staying and let him watch the Magellan mission from the Control Room. I knew our real struggle would come at bedtime.

I've got to hand it to the boy. He is a real trooper. He called his mother and consented to stay one night. He starts to cry then pulls himself out of it and settles down. He has never slept away from family before so this is a big step for a ten year old.

Right now I've got him settled on the Voyager Bridge. Jon and Adam will keep an eye on him. If there are problem they'll come and get me.

We've got a great bunch of excited campers this week. I'm expecting great things.

The one drawback to our camp and this weekend's private missions will be Pleasant Grove's Strawberry Days. This camp ends at 10:00 A.M. Saturday which is the same time the parade will be moving through town. The streets around the school will be closed. Our camper's families will have a tough time finding their way to the school to pick up their kids. I'm expected many frustrated phone calls.

Time for bed.

Mr. W.
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