Helping a Scout w/Tradgedy
Internet-Go Ahead (goahead@EF.COM)
Thu, 16 Nov 1995 08:58:18 -0500
I need the help and guidance of the wisdom of the list.
Last week the father of one of our boys came to us and told us that his mother
was raped the other night. This boy is one of most outstanding and
scouts around.We, the Troop leadership, need advice as to how to approach this
boy. His family didn't have it easy before this and now it is probably going
to get worse.The mother has MS and the father is disabled and can't work. This
has some type of learning disability but that doesn't seem to slow him down,
it just takes him longer for ideas to sink in and take root. He has shown lots
of intestinal fortitude in the past, He found his baby brother hanging from
the rope of their swing set and saved his life. He was a Webelo when he did
The parents have been very supportive of his scouting activities (to the best
of their abilities)and have seen a definite improvement in his self esteem and
behavior.Where do we start? Do we involve the Council? Do we find some
Professional help for him and the family? Does the committee need to know?
Right now it is only the SM and his two ASM's that know.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City