Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Coping With A Hyperactive Boy Scout At Summer Camp Brochure
Re: Coping With A Hyperactive Boy Scout At Summer Camp Brochure
Wed, 23 Jun 1999 09:48:35 -0400
Pam Glidden wrote:
> I am so thrilled that I am having trouble writing this
> message. My fingers just WILL NOT cooperate!! Please check out:
She was right, her fingers weren't cooperating! ;-) But, that should
not detract from the importance of her message.
The CORRECTED URL is: <http://boyscouts-marin.org/wwswd/wwswd.htm>
PLEASE do read it, the message has applicability not just at Summer
Camp, but throughout the Scouting Year.
Pam went on to write:
> One of my most cherished friends prompted the writing of this brochure.
> He took a troop of boys to summer camp one year, discovering as the
> boys were loading into cars to leave; that FIVE of them had AD/HD. He
> knew next to nothing about AD/HD but was assured that the Scouts had
> medication (but was given no details about the meds.) He did NOT have
> a good experience that week and vowed by week's end that he would NEVER
> take Scouts to camp again!
Unfortunately, we've all been exposed to similar situations at one time
or another with a single Scout, but five...!!!
The problem is lack of communication.
1. No leader should be first informed at carside, by a parent or another
leader "in-the-know", of specific chronic medical problems whether they
be AD/HD or an allegy. This applies whether or not this is a weekend
outing, summer camp, or a high adventure event.
2. Medical forms should be reviewed ahead of time, and carried all the
3. The "new" Scoutmaster Handbook, pg. 131, has a blue sidebar which has
been extracted from the G2SS. Entitled: "Scouts with Prescription
Medications", it will place the fear of the law into you. You MUST know,
and have a thorough understanding with the Scouts' parents, about how
and when the medications will be dispensed.
Your Council may have its own established policy, and should be aware of
State laws. Your Council should obtain for you information about the
laws of other States through or to which you may travel.
The responsibility is yours, but should be shared with junior leaders so
that irrespective of activities the timely taking of medications is
adhered to. At summer camp all medications should be handled through
the camp's medical staff.
4.The key, in my opinion, are thorough New Scout and Parents'
Conferences (see pages 138-9, op.cit). Unfortunately, those ten column
inches deal with the "sales" effort, and do not touch on "delicate"
subjects such as health and disAbilities which may be transparent to the
Such inquiries are essential to potential success, and should be
accomplished in a sensitive and non-threatening way. Both the youth and
the parents must be assured that the information will not be used to
exclude the youth from membership, but to make the Scouting experience
both safe and fulfilling.
If any of you have "model" Conference checklists, which incorporate
questions about health and disAbilities please forward them to Tony Mei
or Jay Thal through the WWSWd website (above).
BSA encourages all units to be open to all youth, irrespective of
disAbling conditions or health needs. Please refer to "Advancement
Committee, Policies and Procedures", #33088B, pages 25-27. There are
circumstances where "Special Needs" units are the only alternative, but
those fall under "Plan C".