Help with Severly Emotionally Disturbed Scouts
Erik Mayer (BSA113@AOL.COM)
Fri, 10 Oct 1997 05:23:38 -0400
In addition to my "regular" duties as Scoutmaster of Troop 113 in Culver
City, I am also the Scoutmaster of a Troop of 15 Severly Emotionally
Disturbed (SED) boys at my work at a Residential Treatment Facility in Los
Angeles where I work as a Youth Development Counselor. Many of the boys have
been victims of physical and / or sexual abuse, are diagnosed with ADD or
ADHD, have problems with authority, learning disabilities, as well as other
problems. I run a first year program with the hope of exposing the boys to
Scouting. I also look for Troops for them to join in their local areas when
they get discharged if they are interested in continuing with Scouting.
The Troop started last year with 8 Scouts and has fluctuated up and down till
last June when I had 4 Scouts. Kids get admitted and discharged all of the
time. Recently, in large part to my taking 4 Scouts to Scout Sea Base Day
Camp for a week during the summer, several more boys have shown an interest
in joining. I plan to split them into two Patrols and work with each Patrol
on a different night a week for one hour. When working with this population,
smaller groups are best.
The Agency that I work for has put some restrictions on the Troop's
activities. We can not camp overnight, must not leave Los Angeles County, and
need to be very careful with knives and axes. Safety is always a BIG concern.
I do not have a lot of funds or resources for this Troop other than what I
can borrow from my other Troop. I also do not have much assistance in the
form of ASMs or a Committee. I pretty much do everything myself.
I would like help with finding alternative requirements for many of the
requirements for Tenderfoot through First Class. I have already contacted my
Council for help. They have told me to keep the spirit of the rquirements. I
am looking for any ideas from people who have modified requirements in the
past. What should I do about the camping requirements if the Scouts can not
sleep overnight out of doors?
I would also like to hear from anyone who has fun and interesting ways to
instruct the requirements for Tenderfoot through First Class that will keep
these boys attention.
Thank You in advance for your help.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City