Re: Deadly Communicable Disease
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Thu, 13 Feb 1997 10:56:04 -0600
Whether or not to allow children with AIDS is a very important topic.
Leaving this decision up to the PLC I don't believe is appropriate in
this instance. Usually decisions that directly affect the health,
safety, and well being of Scouts have immediate adult input.
I think the PLC should come to their own decision and forward it to the
Troop Committee as a recommendation. I think it is up to the troop
committee to grapple with the issue themselves and make a decision on how
Since the troop is a legal entity of their sponsor, both the PLC and
Troop Committee should submit their recommendations to their sponsoring
institution for final approval.
Certainly education is a key part of this process. A heightened sense of
safety must be at the center of all activities.
My personal feeling is that Scouting exists to benefit youth. AIDS is a
serious problem, but one that can be managed if done with proper care
(the NBA has). I would not want to turn away a boy with AIDS no more than a
boy who had any other physical handicap. We must assess the needs of
each boy, recognize certain limitations, then create a program whereby
each is given the opportunity to explore their own potential.
I think it is important to have everyone in the troop onboard with this
policy, and the sponsor certainly.
Is there anyone out there that has worked with a boy that has AIDS
through a Scouting program?
With the emmotional factors this disease raises, it could be a very
serious situation to resolve with a diverse group of people in a unit.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City