scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Physical Handicap Limitations ?
Joe Kovacs (buckey@NOLN.COM
Thu Jun 01 2000 - 23:23:04 CDT
When we started our troop 4 years ago, we got a call from a Mom that
wanted her sons to join. Of course we said YES. Then she said, Well let
me tell you about John.
To make a long story short, John had dug a tunnel through a sand dune
and it collapsed. Because of the Cardiac AND Respiratory Arrests he
wound up with sever mental and physical handicaps.
When we first met him, he couldn't walk 5 feet without help. Our first
camping trip was a hike thru a Historical Trail, 2 segments 1 about 3
miles and the second about 9 miles. John came with us with his off road
wheelchair. It was lighter than a standard chair with knobby wheels. The
hardest part of the hikes was getting the chair from his brother. When
the trail get very steep or rocky, the adults would push him. the rest
of the times the others would almost fight as to who's turn it was to
Six months later, we did an 11 miler with John along for the ride once
again. Same response from the boys.
The only trip that he didn't go on was our canoe trip because he
It took him one year to recite the SO&SL, but it was the best night of
After 2 years he made it to 2nd class. John also "marched" with us in
all the parades. The second Memorial Day, he really WALKED the entire
thing. He got the biggest round of applause that anyone in the parade
Del, you have a great opportunity here. My advise to you is don't limit
or exclude this young scout from any activity. Let him make the choice
as to go or not. He may become your BEST scout or all.
Joe Kovacs SM T108
Pocono District Training Coordinator
Minsi Trails Council
...and a good (not so) ol' Beaver too...