Re: Who should go to Scout Camp?
Pete Murray (pjmurray@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Sat, 10 Aug 1996 01:28:30 -0400
>> I wasn't there, and so can only offer advice that does not take into
>> account ALL that happened.
>Likewise regarding my comments to your story ...
>> I had a boy (ADD) who was just taken off of his medication and we did not
>> know of his condition until AFTER the camp. The first evening he "lost it",
>Are you saying that (a) you had no idea from his behaviour at troop
>meetings etc. that you really had no idea this lad had a problem , and
>that (b) it was not mentioned on his medical form or raised during the
>pre-camp meetings with parents ? If so then maybe his parents have some
>responsibility for the matter.
I did not say this was a Scout, this was a School sponsored event
and I was not "the leader" but a parent chaperone. Unfortunately, I had no
prior experience with this boy until this trip, and yes, I feel his parents
were extremely negligent, for even the school had no record of his being
ADD. They wanted to avoid his having a "bad rep" with his teachers and staff
at the school. ADD has a certain stigma, and I can understand thier
reluctance, but to let him go hundreds of miles from home without a safety
net, is to me unthinkable.
As for his "losing it", I merely use that device to indicate that he
had lost control of his actions. He bullied a boy the first incident, then
chased his cabin mates with a broom and subsequently tried to use it on me
in the second.
I feel as if the situation went as well as could be expected, and I
was using it to illustrate that the actions/consequences of any behavior
needs to be real (enforced!!!). Yes, he did lose out on two activities, and
also had to have a conference with his parents on the phone. Still, those
who did good things got rewarded as well. An appropriate reaction for every
action (good or bad). I believe it was our quick reaction in each episode
that made him realize that we were not going to accept un-acceptable
behavior, and the other kids realized this as well. As I stated, after his
conference with his parents and the knowledge that his next episode would be
an early ride home with his parents he did just fine.
I agree with you on training and about over zealous discipline
freaks. I am about as laid back as they come, hey the boys are in Scouting
to have FUN. At least thats what my cubbies say!
AKA "Goodyear Pete", Hey you!, Mr. Cubmaster, and the "Professor of Cooking"
"Awesome is as awesome does..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City