Parents withholding information, et. al.
Tim Shea (tshea@EXECPC.COM)
Sun, 10 Aug 1997 11:48:11 -0500
Parents withholding information.
I have been involved in the Parents withholding information situation
more than once. It boils done to the fact that the parent is embarrassed
by the "problem" their child has.
When I was Scoutmaster I had several boys who were on Ritalin. The first
time I was subjected to the "sugar high", hyper-active I was a rookie
and did not know about Ritalin. After the campout I questioned the
parents about "Johnny=92s" behavior and was told it was normal. This did
not ring true, so I did a little investigating and found out the truth.
The surest way to loose the parents would have been to confront them and
call them liars. I chose to inform them of a Troop policy (maybe even
BSA) that any medication that the boys were to be taking MUST be
administered by an Adult. This was a safety issue and a health issue.
The parents of two other Scouts then came forward with the "secret"
My worst experience was at Philmont when on the 2nd day of the trek, I,
along with everyone (except 1) found out about one boy=92s having to take
a medication for Positive Mental Attitude. The exception was his dad!
This case required a direct course of action. The scout was assigned to
his dad for the remainder of the trip. The other crew members were told
to not let one incident ruin a great time. It all worked out in the end.
As its been said before, the PARENTS must let us, as Scout Leaders, know
what medications are being taken and why.
As an after thought, what about bed-wetters? We handle that by "airing
out" all sleeping bags every morning.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City