scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: handicapped Scout
Fri Jun 02 2000 - 17:12:56 CDT
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.
Time for a heart-to-heart. If he's really unable to do the physical things,
then he isn't, and I'm sure he would be the last to want his mates to stay
back. I am assuming that he is really maxed out nby these physical
challenges, and really cannot make progress on it.
The challenge is to find a niche he can fill, a way he can become a valued
member of the team. Troop instructor or guide, perhaps? Make it possible for
him to become the resindent expert in.... cook stoves? Knots? FirstAid
training? Give him the assignments to do these things (there's nothing like
having to teach something to make you learn it well) and then make sure the
new younger Scouts know he's the go-to guy on the sign-offs.
SA T47 Sandwich MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
Abake MiSaNaKi Lodge #393
NSJ 1997 Nat'l Health & Safety and going in 01!
I useta be an Eagle...