scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Physical Handicap Limitations ?
Del Rockwell (drockwell@VOYAGER.NET
Thu Jun 01 2000 - 05:21:57 CDT
We have a newly re-formed troop. We just made our one year
anniversary. All of our scouts have come up with us through Cub
with the exception of a couple we picked up right after starting the
troop back up. So therefore all are young Boy Scouts, just getting
their feel of higher stress treks. One of our scouts is physically
handicapped. He has a difficult time walking longer distances and
he is pretty shaky when just walking around. He has more than
his share of falls. He has a heart of gold. The other kids really like
him and like having him in Scouts. And herein comes our worry.
We do not want his limitations to stop the other guys from doing
the more strenuous outings that are now wanting to do, but want to
keep him involved and not shut him out either.
We are just now doing our first longer hike. On our campout this
weekend, we will be doing 10 miles a day on Saturday and Sunday
with a full pack. Up until now, we have done 5 at most. We have
on the shorter ones allowed him to go a mile or so and then head
back to camp with an adult and another scout or a couple of
adults. He is not going to go with us this weekend at all. He did
not want to stay at base camp for such an extended time period
without the rest of the Scouts there with him. We plan to start
running a few canoeing trips next year and again, the portages we
might expect most of the Scouts to do would be extremely difficult
if not dangerous for him to attempt.
We've brainstormed and tried to come up with something that
would help, but so far have been unsuccessful. (our idea of a two
wheeled rickshaw just didn't really sound that good in practice).
We have thought that as we bring in younger Scouts each year and
the troop builds up, that the older boys will want to do more high
adventure type activities. We can have him stay back at base
camp with the younger Scouts and be a base camp leader.
I suppose we have to accept this as something we just try to work
around as best we can and know that he is going to have to stay in
base camp during some of these outings. But felt I should give the
list the chance to tell me if I have missed something or am going
about this the wrong way.
Thank for the help in advance.
CM Pack 345, SA Troop 345
Bellevue United Methodist Church
Nottawa Trails District
Southwest Michigan Council