Potential Problem Scouts
Dale Karweik (karweik.1@OSU.EDU)
Tue, 11 Aug 1998 11:09:44 -0400
Five years ago our Troop Committee considered the request of a single
parent to allow her son to enter the Troop before his 11th birthday because
he had completed his Arrow of Light and was bored with the Webelos Den
Program. It was quickly pointed out that this request did not have to be
considered by the committee because he had completed and received his Arrow
of Light. The real reason for the discussion arose. Several of the
committee members in their Cub days had experience with the young man and
it was not "positive".
He has ADD/AHDD, was socially withdrawn, was physically uncoordinated,
tended to act out, frequently was oblivious to the program being presented,
was irresponsible and was considered to require an excessive amount of
supervision just to keep him from injuring himself. The picture presented
was very negative. Several committee members and at least one ASM present
were not in favor of considering his application to join the Troop. The CC
was unsure what should be done. The SM and I wanted to take a chance. We
thought we had enough adults to ensure that we could keep watch and maybe
even guide this young man. After trying to get him up in the morning while
at his first campout, I wondered if we had not made a mistake in taking him
in. When we had to search an entire Scout camp to find where he wandered
off to alone at his next outing I was pretty sure we had a problem.
The first two years were VERY trying. More than one ASM burnt out trying
to guide this young man and to keep the other members of his Patrol from
dropping him off the nearest available cliff.
Two years ago he went to Philmont as a member of the other Crew. It was
not a stellar experience for the crew, but it wasn't a disaster either.
Last night he walked into the Troop meeting with a smile that extended past
his ears. He glowed. He was on cloud nine. He had just passed his
Eagle Board of Review. Jim Scherer is Troop 417's second newest Eagle Scout.
If we had not given Jim the chance to join our Troop would he be an Eagle
today? I don't know. He was rejected by two other Troops which
legitimately did not have the man power to supervise his early days, but
there are a number of other Troops in our area. We took the chance, we
made him do all the requirements, we set a standard, but Jim did the work
and made the grade. He may not be the perfect Scout even now, but he
completed 25 MB's, designed and supervised a very good Eagle Project, was a
good PL and a superb Librarian and he IS an EAGLE, our second newest.
(Second newest because 1 hour and 15 minutes later Andrew Peery came out of
his Eagle BOR with the same expression on his face. Andrew is our newest
Eagle Scout. I don't want anyone to believe for a moment that Andrew is
any less dear to me - he was an excellent SPL while I was SM, was Crew
Leader for the Philmont crew I was with, Crew QM for the Sea Base Crew I
was with, and is a Brotherhood member of the OA, but this posting is Jim's
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City