Re: Down syndrome Scout advice needed
Jim Jaeger (JimBSA@AOL.COM)
Sun, 17 Sep 1995 16:41:52 -0400
We too have a boy that was impaired when he entered Scouts. He had been the
victim of a bike/car accident and had severe head trauma. This was in first
grade. When he entered my wolf den he still had very few fine motor skills,
still slurred his speach, and had almost no concentration. He is now almost a
Star Scout... just needs to complete his term as patrol leader. (And a darn
good one, too.) They guys in the pack, and then the troop, were told of this
boy's problem when he joined. They have all helped and "looked out" for him.
Yes, youngsters can be very cruel to others, but they can also show amazing
compassion. Now he is leading them.
One of the Scouts in the council is somewhat of a hero to everyone that's
met him. He was born with no legs. Gets around on his hands, or a skate
board. He was with the council's contingent to the '93 Jamboree, and my son
and he became friends.
I think if you explain the differently abled persons' circumstances to the
boys, they will
surprise you with their performance.
Jim Jaeger, SA, Adv. Chr.
T200 Dublin OH, Buckeye Dist.
Simon Kenton Council
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