San Francisco, CA—Concerned that obstacles presented by life would be too much to bear, 12-year-old boy scout survivor, Andy Dunn, was reportedly worried Wednesday that he wouldn’t be able to handle growing up, after coming back from boy scouts' summer camp.
Dunn was recently diagnosed with PTSD after returning from the camp.
“I have lots of homework and a big history test coming up in the next few weeks, but having nightmares about summer camp is going to really cut into my studying time,” said the seventh-grader, who acknowledged that the intense feelings of anger associated with trauma had already placed him significantly behind his peers, and added that there would likely be even greater challenges trying to return to summer camp next year.
His mum said Andy had a miserable time taking cold showers in the morning during summer camp because the water heater had malfunctioned. He woke up every morning with mosquito bites on his face, and the outhouse smelled like fermented beans. He expected to eat eggs and bacon for breakfast, but, instead, was served tofu with grits. He got a big blister on his hand from having to start a fire by rubbing two sticks together. "When I told him we were going camping for the weekend, he ran into his room upset," said his mum.
The doctor said Andy would have a long road to recovery.
During summer camp, he heard his scout leader, James Colter, screaming for his life while being mauled by a bear in pitch darkness at 2:00 am and now he's scared of sleeping at night with his teddy bear in the room.
"I wish I were responsible enough to look after Andy, but I’m just so scared that I won't do a good job, and now I'm considering putting him in foster care with a boy scout leader and his wife. I’m really sorry,” said his dad.
During his interview with Wierdo Press Andy Dunn had expressed hope that his life would get better.