Re: Mentally Challenged Scout
Roger Phillips (roger@PHILLIPS.IDISCOVER.CO.UK)
Sat, 19 Oct 1996 23:59:41 GMT
>One of our local troops has a question for the collective wisdom of the
>list. The troop has several boys who are mentally handicapped. One boy
>(13 yrs old) is autistic. He has had some difficulty in performing the
>tasks necessary for advancement to First Class. He is unlikely to be able
>to serve as a cook or build a fire or get a totin' chip due to his
>handicap. We've asked Council for help, but they don't have the resources
>or don't know what resources are available to help this Scout along. Two
>other boys are in a similiar boat, but a little better. Their parents are
>100% supportive, and want their sons to succeed in Scouting.
>Has anyone else had this challenge? How did you do it, and without
>appearing to be unfair to the boys who are not handicapped in your troop?
>Melissa Konigsdorffer (email@example.com)
>CSRTC, District Trainer, etc..
In my last Troop I had several boys with varying degrees of problems. By
the way in the UK the Politically Correct term is "those with learning
I read the rules of the UK assn. to mean that one can pass such a young
person according to his degree of ability. Thus for example - he/she may
not be able to perform a task or tasks as well as an able minded / bodied
person. ..... but for their particular range of abilities they would pass
At the end of the day you must make consessions for such a person. surely
the important thing is that they are stimulated and challenged,
As a final word, not really connected to the subject, such parson are an
enrichment to Troop life - not a handicap. And they must be able to
progress according to his/ her abilities.
I don't get lost in the Hills ......... em, just mislaid
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City