Re: Eagle Scout & the "disability"requirement ref. 18 YOA
Mark Wilson (mwilson@POLARIS.ORL.MMC.COM)
Thu, 7 Nov 1996 11:24:12 EST
> Q: Does anyone know if ADHD qualifies as a "disability" in getting the 18 YOA
> deadline extended for a scout who wants to finish his eagle requirements ?
That determination will have to be made by your council advancement committee.
They and National have the authority to grant extentions. Were I a betting man,
I would say they are likely to grant the extention since ADHD is such a poplular
But.... What I really see here is someone who is trying to subvert the system
to make up for a lack of planning and effort. I'm not saying the kid isn't
really diagnosed ADHD (my personal opinions on this so called disability are not
germain to this list). It seems that the deadline has crept up on someone who
wasn't thinking about it. The fact that the parents are the ones asking leads
me to believe that perhaps it is they and not the boy who wants the Eagle.
Of course this is based on the tone and content of what you posted.
You didn't say several things that could alter my opinion. 1) How close the
boy is to 18. 2) How much progress he has made to date on his project. 3) Of
the three MBs, are there any with finite time requirements that cannot be
met in the time left. If he is real close and we are talking only a brief
delay, more lattitude should be allowed, especially if there were delays beyond
his control. If he hasn't even started on his project (you don't have to
have all the MBs prior to starting the project), the lack of effort should
yeild a lack of tollerance for his "problem."
Of course that's just my opinion. As I said earlier, I think he will likely
get his extention. Your mileage may vary.
SM Troop 565, Deltona FL.
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