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  1. I don't drink the water from the faucet, but I do use the toilet in all the ways it's intended. 😀 It's just like a toilet in the house, really. When I first got married, my DH had a tiny Winebago, and it had an old chemical toilet. We didn't use that one much for anything, only emergencies. Toilets have come a long way since then.
  2. Barred Owls make wild sounds when then get to caterwauling. Here's a You Tube link for the OP, although I think this one is pretty tame. I've heard them crazier than this.
  3. My son says thanks! I typed the suggestions up and put them in an e-mail, and he was happy to receive them.
  4. Thank you all for your help with this. I really appreciate it. There are some fantastic ideas here, and I will pass them on to my son.
  5. I am sorry for you and your child. I hope you have better luck with that in the future. I wonder if contacting the camp directly would help, as opposed to the leader of your individual unit. Maybe if the camp offered suggestions, the leader would be more willing.
  6. My husband, who is also involved in scouts, said that often the scout leaders and/or parents don't let the camp know individual situations ahead of time. They just show up, which makes it difficult for the camp to be prepared. Surely, however, situations like this have happened in the past, and I would think that all boys would at least have minimum instruction in what to do. For example, 1) Talk to parents or aide if available. 2) It's OK to speak directly to the scout. 3) Maybe ask other boys for ideas on how to include their friend, etc, etc.
  7. These are all very good ideas and show how one can take almost any activity and make it inclusive. I'm sure with a bit of thought most activities can somehow be adapted. I really appreciate the feedback on this thread.
  8. I will tell him this. I agree that speaking with a child is something he can always do, even if he doesn't think the child can understand. He can always explain what the activity is all about. That is one simple thing he can do, even if there are no involved adults. I think with cubs there always has to be an adult around, but that doesn't mean they are all actively involved.
  9. I love the idea for playing catch. I was thinking for the balancing activity, my son could (with permission), raise the boy's hands to his side in airplane fashion, and then move them up or down like one would do when balancing, and ask the boy if he could feel the shift in balance.
  10. Thanks for your input. Yes, I think getting consent from the parent is key. I think that's where he needs to start next time.
  11. Thank you. I think he will be learning a lot at Boy Scout camp this summer. He is only 16, so we hesitated to let him go for NINE WEEKS, but I think he's in his element and really wants to do a good job. I agree, talking to the parents would have been a good step. For some reason, that didn't occur to him. He told me he would go further up the chain and see if he could get some suggestions. He doesn't think he will be working with this boy again (they rotate through activities), but he wants to be prepared for next time. And maybe he could give a head's up to the people who will be working with the boy tomorrow. I'm kind of surprised the parents didn't try to offer suggestions. He said they were there. I almost wonder if the boy was one of the other cub's brother and along for the family activity. Cub Scouts is very family oriented and usually any family members are invited to activities. Thanks for your input!
  12. My son is a new counselor at Boy Scout camp. It's his first time ever and only his second day working with the cub scouts. Today he was teaching the Running with the Pack adventure for Wolf cubs. Apparently it involved physical activity and balancing. One of his cubs was in a wheelchair, and he said he couldn't think of any way to incorporate him into the balancing and physical activities. I asked if there were any adults around, and he said the boy's parents were, but I guess they were on the sidelines, and I don't know if it occurred to him to ask them for suggestions. I asked my son if he talked to the boy, and he said he didn't think he could talk. So this was a hard situation, and apparently he was not trained at all in how to handle this. I guess I'll suggest to him that if he's in such a situation again, he should just talk to the boy and explain what is going on, even if he can't respond. Would that be OK? Do you have any other suggestions for him? I'm not overly confident that the leadership there will give him good guidance on this. Any suggestions appreciated.
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