Re: membership requirements
Patrick G Skelly (scoutldr@AOL.COM)
Sat, 26 Feb 1994 18:26:22 EST
Jim. Holman asks if "Adam could possibly join the pack ... He is currently 12
years old, but is in the 4th grade. This is due to injuries suffered in an
extremely serious auto accident when he was 3. He is the same size as the
other 4th graders, walks (barely) with a cane and some assistance. There was
lots of brain damage and he suffers from some mental impairment."
Size: Immaterial, though for some others, uniforming could be a problem.
I quote below from the Rules and Regulations of The Boy Scouts of America,
Article XI, Section 3, Clause 19, which is titled: Mentally Retarded or
Severely Physically Handicapped Youth.
(begin quote) In the discretion of the Executive Board, and under such rules
and regulations as it may prescribe upon consultation with appropriate
medical authorities, registration of boys who are either mentally retarded or
severely physically handicapped, including the blind, deaf, and emotionally
disturbed, over age 11 as Cub Scouts and over age 18 as Boy Scouts, or
Varsity Scouts, and registration of young adults who are either mentally
retarded or severely physically handicapped, including the blind, deaf, and
emotionally disturbed, over age 18 as Explorers, and the participation of
each in the respective advancement programs while registered, is authorized.
To register him as age 10, as was elsewhere suggested, is inconsistent with
your obligations to set a proper example.
The tragedy in this whole dialogue is the decision by your District Executive
based only on chronological age. Turn in Adam's registration, properly done.
Should you be challenged, your right and privilege to do so are found above,
and you should ask that the Field Director confirm it!
Ignorance can be fixed, stupid is forever.
Jim, please keep in touch with me; I'd be pleased to be one of your ongoing
- Pat Skelly, "Scout_Ldr@AOL.com"
member, BSA National Project Team on "Cub Scouts with Disabilities"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City