Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: Medical information missing
Re: Medical information missing
Fri, 3 Sep 1999 09:09:48 -0600
At 09:03 AM 9/2/99 -0500, Carol C wrote:
>We had a third grader join scouting this year. The child requires an adult,
one on one, >with him all day at school in an attempt to control him. The
child attacks the other
>boys at school at school all the time and the other boys are afraid of him.
The 2 >existing dens , one group of leaders said they didn't think they
could handle him and >didn't want to take him. The other group said they
would quit and take their boys out of >scouting.
Ouch - you are in a tough spot. I know you will get many responses pointing
out, correctly, that this young man still deserves a change at scouting.
Having a now 16-year old son with both physical and verbal tics due to
Tourette's syndrome (which, by the way, he got from me), I am VERY
sympathetic with the family of that boy.
However, I urge you to take that last sentence in what I attached above very
seriously: if this young man remains in the group and is unable to control
his actions, the other parents WILL, also quite correctly, pull their boys
out. I certainly would if there were a physically abusive boy in my son's
den. Three years ago our Pack started a Wolf den with 12 boys, one of whom
"acted out" much less severely than what you describe. Within a couple of
months not only had the den leaders quit, so had all of the other scouts.
As a result, our Pack has no 2nd-year Webelos this year.
I would ask that you stay right on top of this, and at the first sign that
other boys are being pulled out, work with the parents to find them another
Pack in your area. You might even go so far as to contact another Pack and
let them know what is happening, perhaps arranging a "group" shift. Your
Pack is going to lose these boys anyway - at least that way, they have a
chance to stay in Scouting.
Pack 6 and Troop 6