This is more than a guide for
Scoutmasters (or just Boy Scouts.) Its strength can be multiplied when shared
with parents of the Scout, as well as with junior leaders. It is a ready
reference guide that is helpful for Cub Scout, Varsity, or Venturing units, too!
Under General Guidelines it deals
with: Leadership Techniques; Providing Encouragement; Giving
Instruction; and Providing Supervision and Discipline. Unremarkably, these guides are applicable to all youth and in the
world at large.
Included is a necessary glossary
of Definitions of Types of Disabilities, and starts with
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), that ubiquitous syndrome which
may be at the root of the difficult Scout.
Guidelines for Specific Types of
Disabilities provides common sense suggestions for interacting
with other individuals which those without the specific
disability may not, initially, understand. Observing the
guides will enhance the mutual respect necessary for a wholesome
Parents have often coped with,
overcome, or developed strategies which work within the family
setting regarding their child with a disability. Their
actions, often, have become transparent in their daily lives.
Therefore, the segment on the Parents Prejoining Conference, will
help elicit necessary information which can assure success.
Guidelines for Membership and
Advancement advances the notion that the developmental goals of
Scouting are not set in cement. A creative understanding
and implementation of advancement criteria can lead to
achievements and successes. One should work through your
Council Committee but, Alternative Requirements for Tenderfoot,
Second Class, and First Class ranks can be developed. Alternative Merit Badges for Eagle Scout Rank are
available. The Scouter can design and develop an
individualized advancement plan for each youth in need.