Re: Kick the scout out?
G E Hedrick (geh@A.CS.OKSTATE.EDU)
Sun, 4 Jul 1993 23:46:46 CDT
It is possible to have a program where we keep the so-called trouble
makers and still have a good program for ALL of the boys.
I will do everything I can to get the program to every possible boy.
Sometimes this might mean doing things in unusual ways. (Without
compromising our own program rules, etc.) We have special units
for the mentally retarded (MR), emotionally disturbed (ED), and even
reform school inmates. Why should we deny the program to boys
whose problems are not nearly so severe?
There are several ways to handle a child who has behavioral problems.
First, we try to find a troop into which the boy fits. Then we can have
an adult watch the boy or boys who are most likely to have problems.
Often, we can recruit a parent as an assistant scoutmaster specifically
to watch his/her own son. The parent knows when there are
The local LDS troop has a few ADD/ADHD boys. The Bishop assigns
enough men from the church so control at activities is virtually guaranteed.
The troop for which I am a committee member has several ADD/ADHD
boys. I try to attend most activities to watch these
boys. So far, I feel that I have failed with only one, and his parents
tried to hide his condition. The parents never advised any member
of the troop's adult leadership of his disorder. (We get several
ADD/ADHD boys due to our families activities with Ch.A.D.D.)
I am aware of a troop which has a boy who started as a good scout,
then got on drugs. Through the extra-ordinary efforts of his
parents, his scoutmaster, and many other adults he now is off drugs.
He is back in scouting after informally suspending himself. (He
kept his registration, but essentially dropped out.) This
boy has been using his bad experiences with drugs to warn other
boys his age and younger. He is most effective. I believe he
has the potential to become an Eagle.
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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