Re: Handicapped Eagle
Steve Cobb (scobb@VIVANET.COM)
Sun, 1 Jun 1997 18:05:52 GMT
On 5/30/97 10:43PM, in message <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
"Larry Tomlinson, Sr." <tomlinsl@BRIDGE.NET> wrote:
> Fellow Scouters I need some help from the combinded wisdom of the list.
> I have met an Eagle Scout (adult) who has Cystic Fibrosis. It is clear
> that he can't do all the physical activities that a troop does, BUT he
> would like to get back into Scouting.
First a question. Who is it "clear" to that he can't do all the physical activities?
Does he say that or is it a preconcived notion of yours?
I ask this to point out that people sometimes have the idea that because someone has
a physical ailment that they can't do something that "normal" people do.
A person is only limited by themselves.
> I have suggested the following as ways he could help the young men of our
> Merit Badge counselor for Disability Awareness (Who better to make to make
> a point)
> Merit Badge counselor for Computers (He loves and works with computers)
> Troop Record Keeping (TroopMaster??)
> He could also be the counselor/guide or whatever you would like to call him
> for all the upcoming Eagle-wanna-be. Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork.
All good ideas,. but what does he want to do? If he wants to stay in scouting to give
back some of what he recieved as a scout, find out what that is and encourage him.
If he wants to go camping see if you can help make it happen. If it's teaching knots,
great. What ever he is comfortable with go for it.
It would be a great lesson for the boys to see that an illness does not have to mean
that you can't do things that you enjoy and that people are people no matter what
they look like or how they get around, ie. cane, crutches, wheelchair or walk.
> I know how I feel about him and what he can add. What do you on the list
> say? Would you want someone to assist your troop who is in this condition?
YES, YES a thousand times YES!
Many of my parents barely slow down when they drop their sons off at meetings. If
anyone shows an interest in helping I say Welcome and hand them an adult application.
> As you may well know, Cystic Fibrosis has no cure...yet.
If your scouts get to know this gentelman maybe there is an Eagle project in there to
raise community awareness and/or fund to fight this disease.
"i used to be an eagle"
SM troop 42, Orleans District
2nd ASM Jambo troop 516
Iroquois Trail Council,upstate New York
i'm looking for CSP's
I don't suffer from insanity.
I enjoy every minute of it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City