All’s quiet after a week of activities. It’s a nice feeling to have everyone home, but of course…it doesn’t take long before I miss all that constant energy.
We always hope boys will go home with the feeling that they want to return on a future trip even if it never happens. It’s also always a goal that boys return home more confident about themselves. I’m sure parents will see even subtle differences in their son’s confidence level after spending a week in close quarters with peers.
One thing this trip did was wean kids away from their electronic devices. This was our first experience with going screen free. We weren’t sure how that first day would go – the long drive day from Greenville to West Virginia. In the past, the boys would have their devices turned on within minutes of leaving parents and would be mostly self-absorbed for hours. The van, with the exception of an occasional electronic beep, would be relatively quiet. So I was pleasantly surprised to find out how quickly the boys would adapt. Kids talked more with the kids next to them and this continued throughout the trip. It really made a difference in getting boys to focus on the moment rather than the battle on a screen.
I’m hoping the stories started on the drive home and hope they’ve continued around the dinner table. I know the boys have enjoyed this little taste of being on their own. And I hope they’ll want to be back for another MTA trip in the future.
Thanks for making this possible, boys and parents.
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