Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Scout with Tourette's
Scout with Tourette's
Wed, 21 Oct 1998 10:42:11 +0100
I missed the NPR segment on the Kansas City Scout with Tourettes, and
only this morning cought up with Jason Cruse's and Ed Thompson's
submissions to Scouts-L. This was after seeing today's (10/21) Today
Given the nature of the Media chasing each other's stories (and the
quality of the their performance) I suspect that NPR was better than
Today on NBC, but neither was helpful.
Today was ambiguous, at best. I couldn't figure out what the objectives
of the (former) Scoutleader, parents, or NBC were. But I did post the
following (knowing no other way) on NBC's chat room:
Boy Scouts and Disabilities
Wed Oct 21 06:23:26
A segment on 10/21/98 Today Show involved a young
Boy Scout with
Tourette's Syndrome, his parents, former Scout
Leader and the
"facts" that other Scouts and the leader left the
because of alleged behavior.
It was not clear from the segment what the issue
really was, or what
the objective or hoped-for outcome might or should
Like Scoutleader McLaughlin, I too am an Eagle Scout
and a leader.
While I would not contend that Scouting is perfect,
I would like to
say that it is in a constant struggle to help youth
- the disabled
Formally, Scouting in the U.S., both the Boy Scouts
and the Girl
Scouts have policies of enclusion towards the
disabled. They, both,
have published guidance to help leaders, youth, and
opportunities for all within the Scouting setting.
It is also worthwhile to note the the September
issue of Scouting
Magazine featured a story about Ryan Farrell, a
Scout (now an Eagle)
who has Tourette's; and its October issue also has a
on Scouts with disabilities.
But Scouting, where the "rubber meets the road" (at
unit level) is also run by volunteers who try hard
but are often
subject to high turn-over rates and lack of
information and support.
Because of that a group of us have recently
established a Website:
Working With Scouts With Disabilities, to get needed
and provide helpful linkages. It is imperfect, as
is any work in
progress. But we hope it can help. It can be
Regrettably, today's Today segment was ambiguous, at
best, and didn't
shed light on an important area.
Having never participated in this venue before, I
can only hope the
NBC infotainment folks monitor comments and use them
ans elaboration in greater depth.
Yours in Scouting