Re: Down syndrome Scout advice needed
George Costigan (GCostigan@AOL.COM)
Thu, 14 Sep 1995 12:33:29 -0400
When I first entered Scouts, one of my patrol members was a mildly retarded
boy. He was able to do most everything we could do and some things better
than the rest of us. He had no interest in advancing; he wanted to be with
other boys his age.
>From that experience, several of us later helped to form a Scout Troop at the
nearby Cerebal Palsy center. Again, they wanted to do all the things they
were capable of doing, with little or no help from us normally able boys. It
was both challenging and unnerving to stand back, as boys would fall down and
struggle to get back up.
These boys were interested in advancing. Greg Wittine, one of their oldest
boys, became an Eagle Scout, and the reason that the scouting program changed
its rules regarding handicapped Scouts remaining in the program.
Your scout entering the troop wants to be a Boy Scout, just like everyone
else. Boys can be both vicious and surpisingly sensitive about others. Give
him and give them a chance to grow and advance.
There are resources available at the council and regional level to help you
and your unit work with the boy and his family to stay with Scouting.
Good luck, YIS,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City