Re: Problem Scouts
Ed/Evie/Cindy Gibson (egibson@MOOSE.NCIA.NET)
Mon, 2 Dec 1996 02:06:02 -0500
I had several boys with problems in our Troop. The breaking
point came when one of the adult leaders sent one of the boys home from
summer camp (for good reasons but the situations may have been
preventable if different methods had been used [a very long and sore
story]). The boy was sent home and both he and his parents were told by
the lead adult for our troop at summer camp that the boy was not to
return to the troop until he was either medicated or had a note from his
doctor that he was "normal". Needless to say, several things hit the
fan. I was SM at the time but did not go to camp (could not get the time
off). The person who made the statement was immediately over-ridden.
The boy returned to the troop and is still there a year and a half later,
as is the adult.
The realization was that some of us did not know how to deal with
youth who had problems, and some of us had been just plain lucky we
didn't hit the wrong problem at the wrong time. For the next eight
months, we had a speaker come to our troop com. meetings and discuss some
of the problems that we might find inworking with youth. Some of the
topics we covered were: ADD/ADHD, fetal alcahol syndrum, asythmia,
emotional abuse, self distructive behaviour, broken/split/blended
families, effects of drinking in the family, diabeties and negative
peer pressure. Please excuse my spellings, it's been a long day.
We all came to realize that we had been able to avoid problems
before more by luck than we wanted to admit. A person who shows self
distructive behaviour needs more help than we can give them, we can give
support but professional help MUST be found (I think it is the law in
some states). If a person presents a danger to others, he must be
separated until the situation is corrected. I would be very uneasy, at
best, being with someone who I thought was serious about attacking
We are here for the 'adventure' of trying to help boys growup into
good men. There are limits to how much adventure we can stand, and we
have to remember that we can not fix everything that is broken.
Getting the professionals to talk with the adults of the troop helped
us to define our limits and better know when to yell for help.
The Gibson family (Ed, Evie, Cindy, Lady, Galileo, and Moondrop)
> A day without laughter is a day lost.
\____/ -German Proverb
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