Scouting is for everybody
August 19, 2014
In reference to The Union's Aug. 1 article entitled, "Parents say Girl Scouts discriminated against daughter with disability," my husband, Bruce, and I raised our four daughters and two sons, who are now adults, in Southern California. We were a very active scouting family, committee chair, den mother, Brownie, Junior, cadet and leader. The troops were involved with were blessed with very active parents.
Our scout counsels' rule was whenever there was a scout outing there should be one adult to every five scouts. One of the boy scouts had ADP, or Auditory Processing Disorder, and his father was always there so his son could have fun with friends.
I commend the Dobbins on choosing scouting. The members of the troop should have been educated about people who have ADP. Their daughter should have been introduced first to a patrol (usually five members) and gradually get to know the rest of the troop members.
My advice to the Dobbins is, "do not give up." Scouting is for all. It is a family affair. Become a leader or assistant leader, help with transportation, plan outings, etc.
Inez G. Baumer