Re: Big Webelo question
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Tue, 21 Jun 1994 14:20:19 CST
On Mon, 20 Jun 1994 12:49:19 -0600 Paul Miles said:
>This question really is a big Webelo question.
First, this is a big WebeloS question. It is always WeBeLoS whether one or
Second, we just lost a Webelos who was shorter than normal for his weight.
The unfortunate thing was that this was a boy who could have really gotten
some benefits from Scouting. After he had dropped out, I learned that he
had some medical problems that also contributed to his inability to do some
activities. I discussed this with the SM who didn't think it was necessary
to share the medical information with the other adults. I pointed out that
had something happened while he was not present, none of us would have known
the situation and there could have been a real disaster. We have now agreed
that ALL adult leaders need to be advised of ALL medical problems. I suggest
that you consult with the boy's parents to determine whether there is more
than a problem of being a bit heavy. I believe our new scout would still be
active if the SM had not failed to share the information that was reported on
his medical history form.
Medical problems often limit a boy's participation. In on previous unit we
had a scout with some severe allergy problems and he did not go camping at
certain times of the year. We understood this and made sure that he was never
unfairly penalized. We also tried to include some events in which he could
participate during that time period.
Another scout was hyper sensitive to Poison Ivy. He avoided some campouts
but no one knew why. When I found out by accident (not on his medical form)
the troop decided to avoid the camp which was rather overrun by Poison Ivy.
We ended up adding several better destinations to our camping program because
we were "forced" to look around for other sites.
I guess I am suggesting that some adjustments in troop programming might be
good for all. On the other hand, I wouldn't totally cater to the overweight
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