May 26, 2020, 04:07:54 pm

Sleeping at Encampment

Started by 8014410, April 30, 2020, 11:08:35 am

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8014410

OK, this is extremely embarrassing, but I still sleep with a baby blanket when I go to  sleep. I can't sleep without it, so I was wondering if I would be allowed to have it at encampment?

Eclipse

Not going to lie - it'll probably be at least an "issue", if for no other reason than
it'll be (probably) be viewed as something not on the equipment list.

If your encampment is one of the ones where the students have to bring their own linens,
maybe less so.

Otherwise, maybe consider a small remnant of similar material, etc., to help you through the
night but not be big deal, or start working on not needing now, at home, in a benevolent environment.

Assuming there is an encampment for you this year, don't let it be a show stopper.



etodd

Quote from: 8014410 on April 30, 2020, 11:08:35 amI can't sleep without it ....

I think you might be surprised at how quickly you'll fall asleep after a very long, hard, strenuous day at encampment.

I'll also take a wild guess that you consume drinks at night with caffeine. Nothing but water after 3pm, and you'll sleep much better. That really helps me.
MS - MO - AP - MP - FRO - ESO

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PHall

Quote from: etodd on April 30, 2020, 03:24:55 pm
Quote from: 8014410 on April 30, 2020, 11:08:35 amI can't sleep without it ....

I think you might be surprised at how quickly you'll fall asleep after a very long, hard, strenuous day at encampment.

I'll also take a wild guess that you consume drinks at night with caffeine. Nothing but water after 3pm, and you'll sleep much better. That really helps me.

Well considering that students at most if not all encampments are not allowed to consume caffeinated drinks that shouldn't be a problem. This is done in an effort to keep them hydrated.

etodd

Quote from: PHall on April 30, 2020, 05:03:56 pm
Quote from: etodd on April 30, 2020, 03:24:55 pm
Quote from: 8014410 on April 30, 2020, 11:08:35 amI can't sleep without it ....

I think you might be surprised at how quickly you'll fall asleep after a very long, hard, strenuous day at encampment.

I'll also take a wild guess that you consume drinks at night with caffeine. Nothing but water after 3pm, and you'll sleep much better. That really helps me.

Well considering that students at most if not all encampments are not allowed to consume caffeinated drinks that shouldn't be a problem. This is done in an effort to keep them hydrated.

Sure.  But I was thinking 'now'. If he is a soft drink drinker at night, he could start weaning off it now, and it would help his current issue 'before' encampment.
MS - MO - AP - MP - FRO - ESO

sUAS MP - sUAS Instructor - sUAS Check Pilot

Spam

Quote from: 8014410 on April 30, 2020, 11:08:35 amOK, this is extremely embarrassing, but I still sleep with a baby blanket when I go to  sleep. I can't sleep without it, so I was wondering if I would be allowed to have it at encampment?

Good afternoon, Cadet (I am assuming you're a cadet here - let me know if I'm off base)!

The encampment is a centerpiece of the CAP cadet program, and we want you to attend. It is one of the most significant opportunities for personal growth that you'll find in the program, and many of our cadets later look back on their encampment experiences as life changing and turning points in their young adulthood.

CAP does support accommodations for the truly disabled. From that standpoint, then, I want to reassure you that ideally, CAP would provide "reasonable accommodation" to every cadet who needs extra "help", ranging from help for the blind or lame cadets, down through requests to bring therapy pets for anxiety (no joke, I've seen that) to Cadet Lt Colonels who break apart with jitters halfway through the week from nicotine/caffeine withdrawal and abjectly beg for coffee (also a real world, recent disciplinary example). Some folks may think that we should have a comfy, no-stress, relaxing encampment environment for every cadet, with private rooms and bathrooms for all and a tailored experience designed to trigger no one at all. You may (or may not) have a local encampment staff who might, possibly, allow you to bring your blanket.

But that does not make it right, and that does not match the spirit of challenge which is also a major element of the CAP cadet program. Stress promotes change. Properly metered stress, as a means to spur growth and adaptation, is a Good Thing. In that spirit, I want to challenge you to confront your anxiety, and to confront your reliance on a crutch/aid that, ultimately, you can and should abandon as you become an adult. I want to challenge you to take this chance to make the change to step out of that comfortable spot, and grow. Start now, tonight, by taking that blanket, washing it, folding it and putting it away carefully but permanently, in the hopes that one day, you may have a cadet of your own that you can pass it along to - until they are ready to grow out of it.


Very Respectfully,
Spam

"11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me".  1 Cor 13:11.

1st Lt Thompson

To quote my father....."If this is the largest hurdle you ever come across in life, you'll have a better life than most."

In another post, you mention being a C/CMSgt, and that this is the only requirement you need for your Mitchell. This particular hurdle may seem difficult, but as Spam said, fold it up and stick it in the closet now, so that it doesn't become a problem for you at Encampment. You know it may be an issue, so deal with it now, like a Senior NCO would. Keep your eye on the Mitchell, and do what you need to do now to make sure this isn't an issue.

Encampment should be challenging, stressful, exhausting and also exciting, motivating and enlightening. Don't let one thing prevent you from this experience, prevent you from achieving your Mitchell, and prevent you from NBB next summer, which you mentioned in another post wanting to attend.
1st Lt Matt Thompson
Historian, Assistant PAO

Mitchell - 31 OCT 98 (#44670) Earhart - 22 MAY 01 (#11401)

8014410

Sorry you guys for not responding, my internet was down yesterday. Thank you all so much for your support! I means a lot, as of right now I just put it away, and putting it behind me. Once again thank you all for the support.

Spam


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