scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: mentally and physically disabled scout
Bess B Kannan (kannankrew@JUNO.COM
Sat Mar 18 2000 - 19:07:47 CST
I am a webelos leader and have just graduated 6 wonderful boys into our
local troop. One of them is mentally and physically handicapped. He has
been with me through all 4 years of cub scouting. The boys love him and
he loves them. It has been our blessing to have him in our pack.
He has not been able to always perform every activity or requirement as
well as the other boys, but has always "done HIS best"! He acheived every
webelos activity pin as well as his arrow of light. He has camped with us
when one of his parents could also (as is required for webelos). He is
often behind or out of place, but the other boys naturally drop back with
him or gently guide him to where he needs to be.
He dearly loves being with these boys and his parents want him to stay
in scouting to get the experiences and fellowship with the boys. They do
not necessarily expect him to get his eagle, but do expect him to
The parents have talked to the troop master about his abilities and he
has not been as encouraging as we have hoped. I am all but sure that
there are alternative requirements tha this boy can use, but the troop
master's comments were that cub scouting is more lenient!
I don't have any boy scout training or access to manuals to research
this. The troop master has said he will contact the district leaders for
Does anyone out there have knowledge and or experience with a similar
Please Email me at email@example.com with any ideas, comments,
resources, encouragement, or what ever.
Thanks for your help in advance!
Colonial Va Council