Re: MBs and the Handicapped Scout
Jay M. Thal (Jay_M._Thal@HUD.GOV)
Wed, 2 Aug 1995 13:30:25 EST
As part of its six session, two weekend, Scoutmaster Fundamentals
course, the Montgomery County Training Committee, NCAC, uses
this scenerio (among others) on its Adventure Trail. It
teaches communications and sensitivity. It teaches to focus
on abilities, not disabilities. You may, also, want to try
it on campouts and at camporees. Change the scenerio to
overcoming an obstacle, or a rescue effort. There are no
correct answers save for total involvement.
The purpose of this station is threefold: to test the ability of
the Patrol in their ability to communicate under adverse
conditions; to test their ability to function as a unit making
the maximum utilization of their resources; and, to sensitize
their awareness to the needs and abilities of boys with disabling
conditions. The situation involves a Patrol of boys with
different disabling conditions on an overnight outing. The
patrol must erect a tent by working together and by utilizing
each other's strengths. This will require teamwork and
communications, as well as basic scouting skills.
1) Familiarize yourself with the score sheet and the Patrol
instructions. If anything is not clear, ask the Adventure
Trail Director or his designated assistants for help. Clear
up problems before starting time.
2) Set up the area...the tent should be disassembled and all of
the parts rolled up together. Two chairs will simulate
wheelchairs for the boys who are not ambulatory without
them. Other equipment: blindfolds, slings, an earmuff and
3) When the Patrol arrives it should identify itself and give
its Patrol yell or cheer. Hand the Patrol Leader the
instructions. Allow him to read them to the Patrol. Permit
approximately one minute of questioning. Retrieve the
instructions from the Patrol Leader.
4) The Patrol should then caucus and decide who will play which
roles. Once this is accomplished, aid the Patrol members
into their slings, blindfold, earmuff, and gag.
Two members should be blindfolded. One will simulate a
hearing impaired scout and wear the earmuff and gag. Two
(including the Patrol Leader) are mobile only in their
wheelchairs. The remaining Scouts must use arm slings.
Allow those in slings to choose which arm will be in a
sling. Once they have made the selection, have them place
the sling on the other arm, instead.
5) When the Patrol Leader indicates he is ready, start the
Patrol with the word "Go". The event must start no later
than 5 minutes after the whistle blows. Start timing the
activity from this point. When the Patrol has finished, the
Patrol Leader (only) will say "Done". Timing stops at this
Disability Awareness (continued)
6) Although the event is timed, more credit is given for
communications and teamwork than on any other event. All of
the boys must be involved. All communication must be
sensitive to the feelings of the boys or focus upon
utilizing their strengths. The scoring is very subjective
and therefore is given only in increments of 5 points as
shown on the scoring sheets.
7) Safety is important in this simulated situation, and proper
safety procedures should be followed by the Patrol. You
must be diligent in watching the Patrol members, since two
of them are blindfolded and are not accustomed to this
situation. If necessary, stop the action to point out
safety problems. However, keep the timing going.
8) When the tent is properly erected, the Patrol Leader should
call "Done". At this point, or when the time for the event
has expired, turn them over to the Commentator.
Simultaneously, the Patrol should be told to drop their
roles, disassemble the tent, and return it to the condition
and location where they found it.
9) Release the Patrol to the next Station once the signal to
switch has been sounded.
10) When the Adventure Trail is over: Take down the set-up;
return all materials to the Adventure Trail Headquarters;
and, ensure that the Director is given the scoring sheets.
Equipment/Material Check List
- Sign reading STATION ( )
- One tent, disassembled, with ground sheet
- Two blindfolds; three (or more) slings; earmuff and gag;
and two chairs.
Documentation: Event file, Patrol instructions.
Staffing: Minimum - 2 Optimum - 2
Patrol Name ___________________ Scorer ____________________
Award 0, 5, or 10 points for poor, good, or
_____ 10 Patrol Yell, cheer, or song.
_____ 10 Did they have one leader?
_____ 10 Did the Patrol use its resources properly?
(use all members, handbooks, materials)
_____ 10 Did the Patrol exercise proper safety techniques when
assembling the tent (especially with the "blind"
_____ 10 Were tasks assigned based on the member's abilities.
_____ (-10) Were tasks within a member's ability excluded due
to a perception of the disability?
_____ 50 SUBTOTAL FOR CONTROL
Award 0, 5, or 10 points for poor, good or
_____ 10 Communication among patrol members.
_____ 10 Sensitivity to disabilities.
_____ 10 Coordination in getting the job done.
_____ 10 Was the Patrol Organized?
_____ 10 Was the task Completed?
_____ 50 SUBTOTAL FOR PERFORMANCE
________ Enter time for ties.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City