Sundae Kadlec (clover@POPMAIL.MCS.COM)
Fri, 20 Oct 1995 12:55:00 CDT
> We have several Cubs with ADD who are doing just fine
> in the "mainstream" but I never see any boys at Roundups who are faced
> with other physical/emotional challenges.
> Cub Master Pack 27 (We Do Our Best!) email@example.com
Our school is the magnet for the special needs children for our district.
We have been dealing with some handicapping issues for some time.
When our Pack was initially approached by families with handicapped children
we opted to take them in as they come in the door and deal with each one's
set of problems as they are presented, rather than start a special needs
Pack, we choose to include them, in effect mainstreaming them into scouts.
Most often I find that those parents do not know that their son can still
do scouting even if handicapped. They often hesitate to ask, and are
usually delighted to be told "Yep, he's a boy ain't he??" (standard
response, gets em every time!) *snicker*
The pack we are in has its share of those children with ADD, BD and whatever
else happens to walk in the room with those boys, we take the stance
that if the child is enrolled in our charter school, he should be included
in the Pack if he is interested.
We have a Tiger program for those boys who are in the Bridges program at
the school (that in between Kindergarten and first grade class.) This
is highly popular, as alot of those children need a forum from which to
make social friends, and Tigers does that! This Tiger groups meets along
with the rest of the First graders, they just get to do it two years in
a row. I have yet to see a parent or child walk away from it, and it appears
that those boys who did Tigers for two years, really have the scouting
spark by the time they are Wolves.
At present one of our most successful stories, is Ryan, who joined
when a Tiger and is now a Webelo! He has a form of MS. His den leader
is a trouper, and always makes an allowance for him whenever some type of
intricate muscle movement is involved, such a using a pocketknife. Common
sense and logic has steered her along the way. Honestly tho,
most of all it's the boys in his den who support, protect and help
this young man. I am especially proud if each of them! : )
A second boy with the same type of handicap is a Bear this year and
really has the fire for scouts, I do not think I have ever seen him without
a glowing smile on his face, due in a large part to supportive parenting.
This year we are presented with another boy who is joining Tigers
that has Luekemia. Wheelchair and all, we expect to see him and his parents
participate every step of the way. Why not? He's a boy ain't he??
I feel the key is the parent of that child who has the handicap. I
contact right away and explain that we'd love to have their son involved.
I also ask them to tell me in specific what his handicaps are: What can
he do, what is a struggle? And then ask if they will be willing to be a
den leader or assistant or even a parent helper at den meeetings if
that is what the den leader needs. We also ask that parent to attend the
first few den meetings, so that everyone gets a chance to feel comfortable.
Which helps the den leader to see how he interacts with others and allows
her to build a strong relationship with the parent.
The other thing I try real hard to do is nail that Tiger parent with
the AD or BD child. Nail them for leaders, asst. leaders.
I feel that if your son is the one who is the disruptive
child, needing the most consistant discipline, than you are the parent
who needs to be his leader. Nothing burns out a den leader faster
than go rounds with a child that they cannot control.
These words may seem harsh but I have a BD child myself. And I do lead
his den, it would be unfair to hand him off to someone else,
knowing the leader is gonna struggle with him every step of the way.
Committee Chair Pack 154
St. Charles, IL
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City