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Berk Moss (mossfam@TELEPORT.COM)
Wed, 10 Jul 1996 13:31:42 -0800
Jo Anne Murphy wrote the message I've exerpted below.
My advice is to talk to the Scoutmaster and he should help the SPL lead a
Patrol Leaders Council in dealing with the problem. I suspect (from
experience) that the teasing is being done by boys fairly new to the troop
but not brand new. The leadership of older scouts can help stop this. In
our Troop one patrol didn't like the way another patrol was treating a
member with similar difficulties. The Bear patrol decided to invite the boy
to join them and his success and advancement became a part of patrol pride.
BTW, your son needs to learn how to deal with this type of jerk. He will
encounter them in life. He'll feel better about it if he knows he has the
support of a few Bears, Eagles, Foxes and Wolves. And, he shouldn't
encounter the jerks in Scouting.
We all need to teach the Scouts that this "jerky" behavior is not what we
expect or tolerate in Scouting.
Yours in Scouting and with prayers for all the boys involved,
| Berk Moss
||||/ \ Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 427
oooo\_/ Multnomah Village, Portland Oregon
/ \ Pioneer District Advancement Committee
\ | Cascade-Pacific Council
\ / O/A Brotherhood
\ / Bear Patrol Woodbadge WEM 492-1-94
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> I have a problem for those of you out there in Scout-L land who have a
> developmentally disabled kid in your Scout troop..
> Up until last month, he has been very enthusiastic about scouts.
> He said some of the kids in the troop have been calling him names and
> teasing him
> Do I talk to the Scoutmaster?
> Thanks in advance,
> Jo Anne Murphy
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