Andrew Heath (HEATHA@BYUVAX.BITNET)
Fri, 13 May 1994 12:29:16 -0600
> A friend of mine in Birmingham, AL sent me this note yesterday. If
>anyone has a Down's scout in their program please respond to the list or
>Marshall directly. One bit of information he did not include - the unit is
>sponsored by the LDS church, so I'm sure that he would be especially
>interested in hearing how other LDS units have dealt with similar
> I have forwarded him a copy of the current Advancement Guidelines
>entitled "Program for Youth Members With Handicapping Conditions".
Back at the beginning of the year their was a good discussion going on about
special needs scouts. I did not respond at the time as I had many other things
going on. I saved several posts which I went back and read this morning. The
above message got me looking.
I am a scoutmaster of a special needs Scout troop. I have Down's Scouts, as
well as a variety of other disabilities. As brought up in the earlier
discussion much of what is available is outdated. IE:includes skill awards.
I have not seen the "Progam for Youth Members With Handicapping Conditions" -
is this new? Do You have a Computerized copy? I plan on visiting the scout
office today, and seeing what new things they have.
In the earlier discussion the "My Scout Badge Book" was brought up. Is the new
version of this available for everyone yet? Does someone have a copy of the
prototype they could copy, or computerize. I have access to a scanner and could
computerize it if someone would send me a copy.
Our troop has not used the "My Scout Badge Book" for some time. When I was an
ASM the SM decided to go with the regular program. We try to run our program as
much like a non-special needs troop as possible. I wish the boys could all be
in regular troops, but many have come to us because their regular troops didn't
know what to do with them. SAD!! I will make diability awareness one of my
woodbage ticket items. (I'll finaly be going this summer!)
Sorry if I seam to be rambbling on, but this is a topic that is near to my
heart. After seeing one of the boys (men actually) get his eagle after 25 years
of hard work, I have to sit back and ponder how much I put into getting my
eagle. These are some of the hardest working boys I've seen!!
God Bless you All;
Your Brother in Scouting
Andrew J. Heath (HEATHA@YVAX.BYU.EDU)
Provo, UT 84603
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