What Scouts can do
Kim Moye (kmoye@SPDMAIL.SPD.DSCCC.COM)
Mon, 14 Apr 1997 08:05:24 -0500
The response to my question about merit badges was overwhelming. Thanks
to everyone who responded. To those who suggested that CJ be the one to
decide what he wants to do, trust me he is.
A very proud case in point...CJ has never learned to ride a bike. He has
some neurological problems that has held him back at times (especially fine
motor skills), but he has outgrown most of it. The one thing he could not
convince himself of was that he could ride a bike. I tried to teach him,
his sister, his peers, other adults..nothing.
CJ learned to ride his bike this past weekend. By himself, falling and
getting up (he made sure none of his friends were out). He came home Sunday
from spending the night with a friend (where they went bike riding) to remind
me that I promised I would buy a bike and we would ride as a family when he
learned. Sunday I got a bike. (The seat is much harder and smaller than
I remember :).
He asked me if there was a bike merit badge. I told him to check his book
and see. He wants me to pick up cycling and skating so he can look at them
before he does anything else.
What prompted his learning to ride a bike? It wasn't me. I learned too leave
it alone, I would point out when he came home because his friends went riding
that it would happen more and more and leave it at that. It was a standing
offer to help him.
What I think did it was his troop. They are going on a camping trip to Austin
and intend to ride around and see the sights. He found out some kids were
going that were not going to ride, but I think this was the deciding factor.
He told me it was because he was tired of not being able to go with his
He also told me that he is going to ride the 10 miles for his first class
requirement. I told him, first he would have to make a map per the
requirement. At least one of his buddies wants to do it with him, so again,
it won't be just CJ's word when it comes time to proof up.
Scouts...again it succeeds where I couldn't.
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