Re: Disability? Or not?
Roger C Phillips (rogerphillips@LINEONE.NET)
Mon, 8 Jun 1998 17:53:20 +0100
I don't get lost in the Hills eehm just mislaid
You don't say whether you have spoken to the parents as to whether he has a
disability either physical or learning. But my 5 pence worth from the UK,
Ian Ford may have some input as well, is that members with disabilities
still need to achieve - I always felt that was what Scouting was about. Our
members need to reach their full potential and as Leaders it is our job to
provide those opportunities to become an Eagle or Queen's Scout. It has
always been my policy whenever possible, and I choose my words carefully,
that some awards provide a leader with some leeway as to the standard
required. This is particularly so with those who have a severe disability -
this does not denigrate in any way their efforts or achievement.
Having said the above I would have problems passing this lad on the swimming
/ lifesaving bits. Wearing the badge would give the impression he is
competent at this skill. That could be to his detriment and others in
certain situations. I am not familiar with the BSA programme but is there
not some alternative skill he can train for in order to achieve?
Speaking on my own behalf not the UK SA.
ADC (L/T) Sidcup Kent UK
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