Re: MBs and the Handicapped Scout
Jay M. Thal (Jay_M._Thal@HUD.GOV)
Tue, 1 Aug 1995 13:31:45 EST
It seems to me that there is a range in application
between lenient and tough counselors, and like some students
they are sought out because of those perceptions. But, the
interpretations which a counsel may make are, generally,
between the Scout and the counselor. Can't the Scout feel
equally singled out or embarrassed if he is not allowed to
progress with his cohort though his different skills are
strong and support (or even save) the group? I may prefer
to have someone who cannot pass Lifesaving MB, but is adept
with a Radio (and has passed the MB) if my boat sprung a
leak several miles from shore.
This brings up several points, all which are under the assumption that
there does in fact exist a mental ability problem.
Can some reqirements be substituted with a similar task so that he is
working at the same level of difficulty in relation to the other
Scouts?? But,--- Will the Scout in question feel singled out and
embarrassed because of the requirement change?? I know that this
does't help much and it may be problem "policy-wise"; I'm not quite
sure. I remember Eagle Scout canidates with a Learning Disability
could have some leniency on some requirements.
A side note: If a person seems "slow" this doesn't always mean that
he/she has a Learning Disability, but may have emotional or other
"outside" problems. Good Luck in your MB!!!
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Subject: MBs and the Handicapped Scout
Author: SCOUTS-L Youth Groups Discussion List <SCOUTS-L@TCUBVM.IS.TCU.EDU> at
Date: 8/1/95 11:25 AM
Sharpen your opinions, ladies and gentlemen!
Among the Scouts I am currently counseling for an MB is one who does not
appear to have the mental ability to comprehend some of the material.
His ASMs seem to share this view although none come out and admit it.
So -- what to do on those requirements? (Show why ... discuss the
differences... compare ... type requirements.)
Play hard-ball and withhold the badge although he is quite clearly DOING
Marshmallow in and give it to him?
I can defend either side and it's NOT a required MB.
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