Homesickness at World Scout Jamboree can take away from Scout experience

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — With many of the scouts traveling such a long way from home, there is a chance they can get homesick.

Councilors at Life Strategies Counseling said being away from loved ones and familiar things can cause them to become homesick. Common signs can be mistaken for depression or anxiety.

William Catus, a counselor at Life Strategies Counseling, said one way of making sure the Scouts are not getting homesick is by making sure they get involved in the activities offered.

“They already have a schedule already set up with things for them to do, but to just get involved in it,” Catus said. “Don’t be afraid to meet new people, introduce yourself, get acquainted to everybody around you.”

Signs of homesickness include lack of appetite and sleep, and being withdrawn.

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