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  • My son Ben was off to a one-week district camp with the Scouts this afternoon at Foxlease campsite. They will be celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in the New Forest too.

    It's the first time Ben took part in such a big challenge with the Scouts. Of course I'm worried.

    Among other things, I bought Ben a set of Swiss Army Knife. I told Ben he must come home with 10 digits on both hands.

    I also bought Ben a new mountain bike, as his old bike wouldn't be able to cope with proper cycling that they're going to do this week.

    I'm worried that Ben may be too disorganised, and may not know how to look after himself.

    Therefore, I wrote a long email to Ben's Scout leader Chris Challis last night, in a few paragraphs, with a few hundred words, I told him what my worries were.

    I ended my long email with this: “...I'd appreciate if you could encourage Ben to try new things on this trip, and also find a way of helping him being more independent and organised....”

    This morning, I received Chris' email, which only contained 2 lines: “Thanks for letting me know. He'll be fine.”
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