ADHD and Coping Techniques for Adult Volunteers
Thursday, December 12 - White Lodge, Nobscot Scout
Cracker Barrel Fellowship - 7:00PM - Program begins at
Hello Fellow Scouters,
Do you get exasperated at the inability of some Scouts to
pay attention or stay focused? Do you struggle to keep
meetings on schedule? Do your Senior Patrol Leaders and
Patrol Leaders want to quit because nobody will listen to
them or pay attention? Do you want to expel some problem
Scouts from your units? Have you run out of patience? Do all
over-active Scouts deserve to get lumped into the ADHD
Do not despair. There is a wealth of information out there;
some if from the BSA and some outside groups. The BSA
information on ADHD is readily available online. To
supplement this information, we are pleased to present Dana
Zais, a representative from the Wayside Family Services. She
works with these issues every day. She understands our
frustrations. She also understands what these children are
going through, so she can help us see the problem from the
child's point of view. She will briefly describe ADHD, what
it means to the child, medication and then coping strategies
for adult volunteers.
Nobody wants to throw a Scout out of their units. In fact,
we all want to pursue the Vision Statement of the Boy Scouts
The Boy Scouts of America will prepare
every eligible youth in America to become a responsible,
participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout
Oath and Law.
So what can you do? The first thing you can
do is to the attend Roundtable at Nobscot on Thursday
night, December 12th at 7:00pm. In exchange for another
two hours of your precious time, you will gain an
understanding of ADHD from both sides, coping strategies and
the shared experiences of your fellow Scout volunteers. We
heard some emotional and heartfelt stories the last time we
did this topic at a Roundtable.
Consider the BSA Vision Statement again. We all believe that
Scouting is the best youth organization for helping our
young men and women grow into valuable members of society.
The BSA is at the forefront when we publicly state that we
will work with every eligible youth in America. Those are
strong words, which need a strong commitment.
We will close the meeting with a short presentation on
Autism and how can integrate children with Autism into our
Scouting units. We have a speaker from the New England
Center for Children to give this presentation.
The January Roundtable theme, on Thursday night, January
9th, will be Wilderness Survival and Staying Found. Outing
is a big part of Scouting, so we encourage our youth to
enjoy the woods and mountains. Occasionally accidents
happen, the weather changes for the worst, we get lost and
so on. Staying alive and staying found until help arrives
are vital parts of our outdoor training.
Yours in Scouting
Dick Clarke and Bruce Wester
Liberty District Roundtable Commissioners
2013 - 2014 Roundtable Schedule
December 12 ADHD (Combined)
Serving Scouts with Special needs
January 9 Wilderness Survival – Boy
Stay Safe - Cub Scouts
February 13 Communications (Combined)
March 13 Geocaching/Letterboxing
April 10 Your Environment
May 8 Orienteering (Combined)
Separate Administrative Committee Sessions will be announced
for Pack and Troop.
All Roundtables will be held at Nobscot Scout Reservation,
Roundtables will begin with a 7 PM Fellowship Gathering.
Program will start promptly at 7:30 PM and adjourn at 9 PM.
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