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Scouts with Disabilities

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  4. Autism

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  6. Autistic Cub Scout

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    • TFrancis, I tend to agree regarding some kind of innate difference. As for what we call them, it's a label. I refer them however they ask me to (within reason, 'Your Highness" is off the table).
    • Greetings, @TFrancis, welcome to the forum!
    • I'm not so sure that referring to girls who join BSA as "Boy Scouts" is a viable approach.   I have the privilege of being the Den Leader of a girl Wolf Den.  We've only been at it for 6 months, but so far the girls love it.  They really enjoy camping and hiking.  My daughter returned from her first Cub Scout camp out filthier than I probably ever did in all my years as a Boy Scout.  We are providing them the same quality program as the boy Wolf Den.  That said, they are still girls.  All 6, independently, chose the skort option for their uniform.  Some of them do other extra curricular activities that are stereo-typically female, like dance or cheer leading.  In the next couple of months, they are going to have a blast building pinewood derby cars, but I can guarantee you that at least some of them will be pink and glittery. My point is that the girls who are looking to join Boy Scouts have the desire to be Scouts.  They don't necessarily have a desire to be Boys.  There are, of course, exceptions, but if the intent is to grow the program, we have to appeal to more than just the exceptions.  Those of us with a long relationship with the Boy Scout program may be able to separate the gender aspects of the word "Boy" and elevate the term "Boy Scouts" to mythical levels, but to those girls who don't have the background in the program, it's going to be a non-starter.  
    • Pushback from the peanut gallery ... I certainly didn't have "a job" in my patrol. Each of us had lots of jobs. The guy who signed out the mess kit and tents from the troop QM never got labeled "patrol QM". With 8 guys, you knew who was absent or present and who said what, so we didn't need a scribe. Anyone could carve the victories on the patrol flag pole, and when they did, we didn't call them "historian." If you were the first in the patrol room and swept out any spiders, nobody called you "webmaster." We had a bunch of jobs: check out gear from the QM, make sure your flag reflected your victories, pay attention to the plan, clean your patrol room, touch base with the guys who couldn't make it to a meeting, raid mom's cupboard for the food you needed, make captions for the Polaroids on the poster boards ... There's lots of jobs to do. And most have to be done every camp out. So, somebody has to commit to doing those jobs. The PL could commit each scout to doing the same job for a few months, or each month, the PL could ask who's doing what each time. Now, if he has a kid who is really good at doing one of those jobs, he might make him the patrol cook, QM, pole-carver, photo-journalist,  pyro-technician, or whatever ... and brag about him so that the SPL will know that he's capable of filling a troop PoR. Or not. His patrol, his call. The more responsibility given to the PL, the better.
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