Holding back a Webe
Mark Ranzenberger (ranzenberger@MDN.NET)
Sun, 15 Dec 1996 23:48:02 -0500
Roger Young wrote about a young man who is "mentally slow" and whose father
believes would benefit from staying in Cub Scouts a while longer, even though
he is 11 and in fifth grade.
This should be no problem. If the young man is mentally retarded, the rules and
regulations (Article IX, Section 3, Clause 19) state that he may stay a Cub
Scout past the age of 11. In fact, he may stay a Boy Scout past the age of 18.
Check out BSA publication No. 33058, "Scouting for the Mentally Retarded," for
more information on the program.
Some communities have special troops for the mentally retarded. In other
communities, the boys are part of regular units. Here in Midland, both exist.
My Junior Assistant Scoutmaster is a marvelous case. He was a Cub Scout until
about age 13. His family then moved away from Midland, then moved back. At this
point, he joined a special troop for the mentally retarded. He was 21, but a
Boy Scout. Over the next 13 years, he advanced. It was slow, but patience is
Eventually, the years took their toll on this troop's marvelously dedicated
Scoutmaster. He retired and the troop went dormant, but not before three of his
young men became Eagle Scouts. My JASM became an Eagle at the age of 34.
After his original troop went dormant, he joined my troop because it is
chartered by the church he attends. He is an incredible inspiration, and all I
have to do when one of my "normal" kids thinks "I can't" or "that's too hard"
is point across the room.
The JASM is now qualified for a Bronze Palm and shows no signs of letting up.
He just earned Law Merit Badge, his 27th.
Talk to your commissioner, district executive and council exec. They'll fill
you in. It will work and it will be terriffic.
SM, Troop 798
Lake Huron Area Council
"I used to be a Bobwhite."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City