An Alternate Scouting Program
Jay Thal (jay.thal@TCS.WAP.ORG)
Thu, 19 Jun 1997 18:25:10 EST
By her posting, Hope Pritchard raised important issues which challenge
us Scouters to be both more creative as well as advocates for boys who do
or learn things differently.
She pointed out that "requirements" such as 1st class swimming could be
waived with a phsycian's approval. There's another approach, too, which might
fit different circumstances: nowhere do the "requirements" preclude use of an
assistive device, such as a PFD, nor do they say that the water has to be
deeper than two feet (we swim at the surface) so that the confidence of being
able to stand up is there.
Hope has pointed out that through 1st Class the requirements call upon
the boy to SHOW, DEMONSTRATE, PARTICIPATE, EXPLAIN...and not WRITE. So what
happens when that Citizenship (or other) MB requires writing? Well I, for one,
believe that the substance can be "dictated" to a "stenographer" -- nowhere
does it say it can't. Or, I'd find nothing wrong with, even laboriously,
keystroking an e-Mail letter to a Congressperson. (You'd probably have a better
chance of getting a response, even if it were from an aouto-responding computer
I do have some problems with up-tight interpretations of BSA policy,
when it comes to persons who have been clearly assessed/determined to be
disabled in some manner. If one knows of those limitations ahead of time, it
makes NO SENSE to set someone up for failure by requiring that certain
"requirments" be taken to the point of failure before an alternative path is
recommended. That is why an "Individual Developement Plan" (IDP), which is
used by many forward looking companies in their staff development, can and
should be stared as soon as the boy's disabilities and abilities can be
This is an important thread, so let's take up weaving.
Isn't Hope a wonderous name!
Eagle '55, Silver Explorer '55
(do dates make you a "grey Eagle" even if
I used to be a Buffalo
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City