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BOTD 06-06-2017 It's a Fine Line - An Ivor Production

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Skater

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​It's a fine line
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Your 14 year old son Chase has been away at summer camp. He's been texting you and his younger brother Jason while there. He's even sent both of you a few pictures and seems to have been having a great time.

Today is his last day there and Jason has just shown you the latest pic Chase has sent:


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The problem is that Chase isn't a good swimmer and you told him before he went that is he did anything involving water he had to wear his life preserver. Is Chase in for a warmer than expected welcome when he gets home tomorrow?


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That's five with the paddle when he gets home -- schoolboy style.


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David M. Katz

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I need more information.

My first assumption is that there was ample supervision for the activity.  Another assumption is that if the counselors had seen need for a life vest then they would have provided it.

If this was part of an organized and supervised activity then no punishment.

If this was something he undertook on his own then a few reminder swats would be in order.


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AFinch

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I went to summer camp, in the good old days, before lawyers and liability suits affected every activity. And even in those days, we were closely supervised.

I can't imagine Chase is using a zip line without supervision. That being the assumption, I agree with the first part of DMK's assessment: if the counselors had seen a need for a life vest they would have provided it. As it was part of an organized and supervised activity, no punishment is deserved.

Jack

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I am definitely making a doctor's appointment because of this. If I expected a 14-year old boy to wear a life vest, much less when he's not actually planning on getting in the water, then I need my head examined.

The answer to this is not a paddling, but to get him signed up for classes, so he will be a stronger swimmer.


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kalico

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Yeah I'm with jack.... he will be signed up for swim classes right away.... wondering why I waited so long....



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AFinch wrote:I went to summer camp, in the good old days, before lawyers and liability suits affected every activity.  And even in those days, we were closely supervised.

I can't imagine Chase is using a zip line without supervision.  That being the assumption, I agree with the first part of DMK's assessment: if the counselors had seen a need for a life vest they would have provided it.  As it was part of an organized and supervised activity, no punishment is deserved.


I also went to summer camp every year, until I turned 14 years-old. But, I distinctly recall that NO ONE was allowed to water ski without wearing a small waist-sized life "vest" that enabled one to keep one's head above water while waiting for the boat to start moving. This did not change whether one was an advanced swimmer or not- everyone was required to wear that life belt, irrespective of their swimming abilities!

I cannot fathom that in this litiginous day and age, a camp is bypassing a simple measure such as this. And, allowing campers to use a zip line absent adult supervision is nigh impossible for me to accept as happening.

I think I will check out my beliefs with camp authorities before I jump to any conclusions.

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Kat

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He may have learned to swim better at camp or there may be plenty of lifeguards around. I'll question him but I can't really see punishing him for something at camp.

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I'm with Kier.

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ivor

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I agree there needs to be further questioning of Chase to ascertain the full facts.

What I suspect will emerge is that while the counselors are otherwise occupied, Chase and a handful of the pals he has made at the camp have made off for a private session on the zip line seeing that it is the final day.

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squarecutter

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This is surely an activity under supervision an surely Counsellors would know Chase was a weak swimmer when they saw the forms we submitted to sign Chase up for camp . so no Chase isnt in trouble. If this improves his confidence around water so much the better

Peter_Z

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For me too there is no punishment required for this boy.

Would follow Jacks advice and spend him a swim training

Emlyn Morgan

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Yes, swimming lessons - but without inflatable armbands. You discover your own buoyancy quicker without them.

Anyway, I'm going to whack him.

pushkin

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Much Ado About Nothing much. Chase obviously deserves a less wimpish parent than me if he's reached that stage of physical growth and I'm still worried about him drowning when under professional adult supervision. I'm surprised I allowed him out of my sight in the first place. My first reaction on seeing the photo will probably be to burst into tears. Imagine how Chase would feel wearing a life preserver in front of his peers, with little Jason a champion swimmer in the making and all.....

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I'm with Jack on this one.  I'm assuming that since he was at camp the activity was supervised and safe. (And he's also not actually in the water, even though some water is visible in the photo.)

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