Linda Gremillion (lgremil@TENET.EDU)
Thu, 27 Jul 1995 16:11:11 -0500
I first posted this message March 4, after a lengthy ADD thread on this
list. The Scout I describe is now our Senior Patrol Leader.
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Date: Sat, 4 Mar 1995 14:47:05 -0600 (CST)
From: Linda Gremillion <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Scouts-l post <email@example.com>
Our Troops experience with ADD kids has been pretty much as described in
the other ADD messages on this list.
It is absolutely up to the parents to provide the foundation for ADD
Scouts to stay in, and advance, in Scouting. We have one boy, now a Life
Scout, and a cinch to make Eagle, who we leaders would have cheerfully
hung from a lampost on several occasions. We suspended him once, warned
him several times, lectured him often. The reason we did not ask him to
leave was that his mother joined my committee, worked hard, was always
there to back us up, explained to me and others from day one what we were
in for, explained his medication and always saw he took it. She is a
jewel and a saint. And she has another one like him at home. After
having her and the Scout in the Troop now for four years I have put away
the rope and would do about anything to help him. Let me add he is not a
basket case. He has developed into a positive force and a leader in the
Troop and in his high school. He fully understands his situation and, I
believe, is outgrowing the problem.
Others have not been so fortunate. We now make it clear to ADD parents
coming in what we expect of THEM after our experience above. Too many
parents expect us to carry the boy despite his limitations.
Alamo Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City