Re: Parents withholding information, et. al.
John Conley (iti@FRONTIERNET.NET)
Thu, 7 Aug 1997 11:16:02 -0700
Ron Raab-Long wrote:
> 1. How to deal with parents (not registered leaders) that don't provide the
> information a troop/pack needs to serve their sons properly. This could be
> the fact that their child is on ADD medicine, was taken off of medicine, has
> a learning disability, is illiterate, has serious allergies, or whatever.
> 2. What to do with Scouts and Cubs whose medical, mental, or developmental
> problems manifest themselves as behavioral problems. Specifically, what do
> you say to the Scout who punches your AS because his parents told him to
> leave his medicine at home.
I'm certainly no expert on ADD, so I hope others more qualified will
respond. I'm trying to learn more about the subject, since more kids
being diagnosed with this problem all the time, and in some cases these
kids need Scouting more than the more "normal" kids.
That said, my opinion is:
PUNCHING ANOTHER PERSON IS NOT ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR! It doesn't matter
what the reasons are! The parents should be told this.
If it is important to give their son a vacation from his
meds, they should not expect an unknowledgeable volunteer to deal with
There are trained people in this world who volunteer their time to help
people with this kind of behavior problem, and worse. God bless them!
But there was no indication in your post that this leader had any such
training to deal with these problems. It's not fair for the parents to
expect him to deal with this.
Speaking only for myself. I realize that this may sound overly harsh.
Arrowhead District Commissioner
Finger Lakes Council (NY)
**Better to build boys than mend men.**
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