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Do You Trust Summer Camps?

Community reaction to alleged abuse scandal at Camp Good News.

Each week, our council of experts and smart parents take your questions, give advice and share solutions in this parenting column. This feature will also be the place to drop in for a talk about the latest parenting hot topic.

So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation today with a topic and question:

Last month there were several stories regarding Camp Good News - a Cape Cod summer camp that has recently shut its doors amid scandal revolving around camp counselors and abuse of children.

Do you feel comfortable sending your child away to camp this summer? Do you trust the camp and the counselors where you are sending your child?

If you'd like to take part in deciding the discussion topic each week, email Kelly.Mello@Patch.com.

Mister Roberts September 14, 2012 at 11:38 PM
In retrospect, after news reports have confirmed (including a letter from CGN claiming Milnes had been fired in the early 70's when he was not) multiple instances of sexual abuse at Camp Good News for decades, it's a GOOD thing that Senator Brown came forward. Although other accusers and reports of abuse had been dismissed and even tampered with for decades, harassing or ignoring a sitting United States Senator is another thing altogether. ...and a good thing too else, Chuckie Cheese DeVita would still be cordially and forcefully skinnydipping with 8 year olds and cordially groping 8 year olds.
Christopher London September 14, 2012 at 11:50 PM
punchmyticketihaveamnestia: Scott Brown has done enough to discredit himself frankly. Some day the dark side of Scott Brown will be revealed and those "bots" who try to bully those who attempt to shed some light on the opportunism of Scott Brown will come to realize you were defending a charlatan and a fraud. Scott Brown has Mitt Romney disease. He tries to be all things to all people. He is a an arrogant, misogynistic poseur who did some nasty things to people in his youth. As a sitting United States Senator, a Member of the Massacusetts Bar and JAGS Corps Scott Brown had a higher duty to level with the American people about whether his alleged "molestation" occurred at Camp Good News or the Sam Jones Basketball Camp at Stonehill College. Ask Scott Brown if he remembers a camp counselor known as "Rat Tail" who snapped towels at some campers in an intimidating manner, perhaps so much so that it pissed off Scott Brown. Ask Scott Brown if he has ever himself had intimate reltions with an underage woman or assaulted a woman necessitating her to be taken away in an ambulance. Scott Brown does not respect women. Scott Brown is a con-man.
Christopher London September 14, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Ron May, Ronnie May etc. = the same person. I do not question May's assertions. Ron was a well liked person, because beyond whatever social awkwardness we all had to a certain degree as kids, Ron had an infectious laugh and I was acutely aware of his intellect even before I truly began to notice distinctions among many of my young friends. Ron was particularly good at chess and patient in explaining complicated things to people less intelligent than he was. I have never had anything but positive regard and memories of Ron May. It has been so many years however, and I use the term "Ronnie" affectionately because we all liked and respected him as much as you could respect someone when you are 10-12 years old.
Christopher London September 15, 2012 at 12:30 AM
It is a good thing that Senator Scott Brown came forward? Has Scott Brown come forward to do something more than promote his book and his own victimhood? Scott Brown has Mitt Romney disease. He tries to be all things to all people. As a sitting United States Senator, a Member of the Massacusetts Bar and JAGS Corps Scott Brown has a higher duty to level with the people of Massachusetts about whether his alleged "molestation" occurred at Camp Good News or the Sam Jones Basketball Camp at Stonehill College, which he also attended, and whether that accuser is deceased or still at large. Scott Brown can make it very easy and just say yes, "it was Earnest Milnes who molested me too."
Jose Berlin January 25, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Obviously Christopher Mejia has relied on the charity of others rather than the practice of law or in search of truth. How many adults forget (or ever know) the names of any and every adult teacher, caregiver or stranger at the age of 10. It's entirely and equally likely Scott Brown remembers the incident clearly (as so many other victims have now independently confirmed similar incidents) without knowing the perp's name. In that case it would be wrong and unhelpful to name his accuser. Certainly it has now been demonstrated (example the letter from Camp Good News claiming Milnes had been fired when he had not) that multiple doctors and directors knew of very serious multiple child sex offenses for decades. Perhaps Chris should stick to welfare.

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