Edward W. Hammitt (ehammitt@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Sat, 9 Aug 1997 23:20:47 -0400
It is my personal option we as Scoutmsters need to take teenage driver
serously. In my troop 1/3 of them are 16 or over. How many times have I
heard them screech thier tires leaving a scout meeting.
It goes straight to the heart as a parent to hear the loss of a child to an
About three months ago one of my 20 year old assistant Scoutmasters had a
90 year old driver run a stop sigh pull out in front for him as he entered
the intersection. His little sports car did'nt stand puch of a chance
agaist a cadie. His girlfriend was knock uncouious. Thank God he had his
cell phone, he first call 911, then his mother, my wife. Yes this little
story is about my son. Do I know what its like to walk up to car and see
the front end crumpled up to behind the front tires and feel your heart
sink to your feet. In 20 years in the health care field, as a hospital
corpsman, EMT, Vol. Firefighter and as a critical care nusre. Thank God
for air bags and seat belts my son and his give friend escaped with only
My son being the 1st Eagle from our troop and looked up to the boys. I use
photo's of his car as a Scoutmaster's minute, that in less that a minute
all can be loss in a accident.
Do I think a know how the Scout leaders felt as they handled the accident
or how the parents are going through handing the loss of thier Scout. I
think I came the closest to that I ever wanted to.
BSA has "No to Drugs", "Youth Protection" and so on, when are we going to
address the problems of teenage drivers.
"Scouting the trail that leads to God"
Edward W. Hammit RN (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Scoutmaster, Troop 476 BSA, Glendale Hgts UMC, Durham, NC
Scouting Coordinator, Durham District, NCCUMC
Troop - http://www.bsa.net/nc/t476
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