scouting for the handicapped
G E Hedrick (geh@A.CS.OKSTATE.EDU)
Sun, 2 Aug 1992 15:32:22 CDT
I forgot who made the request for information, so I hope this is of
interest to most of the people on the list.
This is how one district in one council handles scouting for the
physically and mentally challenged.
We have unit commissioners who work only with the units for the handicapped.
These commissioners are professionals who have specific training (RNs, etc.)
to work with the physically and mentally challenged. Some of them wear
another hat as a unit leader. (None is a commissioner for her own
unit. Yes, all of the commissioners for the handicapped are women.)
There are four units for the handicapped -- two troop and two posts.
The cub scouts still attend neighborhood dens in the packs for "normal"
boys. Of course there are special considerations for advancement.
Young men go to troops based upon whether they are in nursing homes,
live at home, or are in group homes and whether they are physically
or mentally handicapped. [There is one nursing home
which functions primarily for the handicapped in the city.] All
four units are in Stillwater, the largest "city" in the district.
G. E. Hedrick
Parent of two scouts Troop committee, T828
Unit Commissioner for three units
Assistant District Commissioner, Pawnee Bill District, Will Rogers Council
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