scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: mentally and physically disabled scout
Robert \ (Rcwscouts@AOL.COM
Tue Mar 21 2000 - 09:15:19 CST
kannankrew@JUNO.COM (Bess B. Kannan) wrote:
about a mentally and physically disabled cub scout being initially rejected
by a Scoutmaster on the basis that he didn't fit in and Cub Scouting is more
darryl.hammill@NCMAIL.NET (Darryl Hammill) responded that BSA has a provision
for such a Scout.
I would like to emphasis that BSA not only has a program, but has special
provisions for changing requirements to match a challenged Scout's abilities
so he can move on thru to Eagle including extending the time period for many
years past 18 so the Scout can achieve the Eagle Rank. We have such a Scout
in Lynchburg, VA, so if you need more assistance I can give you the names of
one or two SMs who have worked with this Scout since his arrival in our area
for some first hand input.
Unfortunately, not all SMs have the willingness to work with such Scout.
This may be because they are uninformed or because they already over
committed to handle the Scouts they have with limited assistance.
I just visited with a Troop this weekend that is the only troop in their
entire county and growing at the rate of 1 to 3 Scouts/week and are looking
at their Pack which has grown from 8 Cubs to 120 in about 5 years. They are
expecting about 30 Cubs to crossover in late April or early May and are
desperate for developing new Cub leaders, Scout leaders and committee
members--with marginal success. And they are dealing with a Scout right now
with a syndrome that frequently requires one on one involvement by Scouter
with this Scout for extended periods. They are not getting any real support
from their DE, but maybe this will make them stronger in the long run--but it
is tough for the few leaders right now.
In your case, if someone was willing to join the troop as a leader with those
special qualities to assist this Scout, the SM might be more willing to be
supportive. It would a better situation if the Scout in question could join
the Troop where the Webelos peer group he knows is joining also. But that
may be only in a more perfect world.
Piedmont District MB Counselor Chairman
Unit Commissioner (Doctor of Commissioner Science, Triad Cluster)
Trained Trainer and District Viking (Training) Patrol
And Freedom Owl, NE-VI-8-32 (1985)
[Lynchburg, VA--Blue Ridge Mountains Council]