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SHOW, DON’T TELL Invite the Scout’s parents to attend the troop activities. Nothing hits home harder than seeing your child struggle to accomplish something others can complete with little difficulty. Explain where their son’s problem

areas are and cite specific incidents when his poor diet has caused him issues. Discuss any medical conditions the Scout may have and the danger he poses to himself. When talking to the parents, it’s

important to be direct. Talk to the parents like you would want someone to discuss this situation with you. Be prepared to offer resources outside the troop or chartered orga- nization. Take the time to find out what is offered in your local commu- nity and bring contact numbers with you to the meeting. With a little preparation and

research you can have answers to the questions the family might ask or at least know where to find the answers. C.B.


LET’S GET (A) PHYSICAL Do you have a current physical on file for the Scout? If not, require one to be turned in immediately.

Advancement Chair C.H. CARLISLE, PA.

WHAT’S UP, DOC? The troop committee chair should talk to the parents about how the troop needs specific directions from the Scout’s physician to know how to keep him safe on outings. Perhaps a parent needs to be on the outing to monitor and observe what’s happening. I would treat this much like a

peanut allergy or diabetes. We do need to accommodate Scouts with varying needs, but getting a physi- cian’s diagnosis is important. B.K.


DEFINE ‘COLLAPSE’ What does “collapse” mean? Does he pass out? Does he seize? Malnutrition

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would not be the most likely cause of this. It could be seizures, diabetes, dehydration, or any number of other possibilities that need to be ruled out—immediately.

Associate Advisor H.P. PALMYRA, VA.

HEALTHY EATING, HEALTHY RESPECT Eating and hydration can be a safety concern; eating is an issue of pre- paredness, respect for your fellow participants, and responsibility.

Leaders should approach this Scout’s parents and ask if there is an underly- ing medical or emotional disorder causing the problem and decide on a way to address the situation together. Leaders need to explain the impor-

tance of staying fed and hydrated to Scouts so they clearly understand it is an important part of their ability to participate in activities. ¿

Scoutmaster C.G. KENNETT SQUARE, PA.

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