Denied for Eagle Rank

by Brenda R.
(LA county)

My son was denied for Rank of Eagle, because he rushed his merit badges and Eagle project. It took him forever to right a simple plan and get cost. People with ADHD do not operate like people with out ADHD. He finished everything by the deadline and was denied because they felt he didn't understand what Eagle meant and as the scout master stated he is not all there. ADHD!!!!!! Hello!! He was put in scouts to get self worth and esteem. On his 18th Birthday they cut him all down 11 years of scouting gone beacuse they didn't like him, again ADHD. Discrimnated because he doesn't do it like everyone else. Things that are easy are so hard for ADHD people. He did graduate from High School barely.

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May 20, 2014
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by: Anonymous

Not many people know that if your son has a disability/special need that you can/should document it with council so he is coded special needs. The reason I say this is, then if you are getting closer to aging out, there is a process to register beyond the age of eligibility with the council, you can then apply nationally to be allowed to work on Eagle past the age of 18, as long as the disability/special need hinders their ability to complete in the normal allotted time (18). Special needs and scouting is one of the best kept secrets in scouting. I'm sorry this doesn't help your son now, but I hope this lets other parents know that this is open to them. If your scouting council is unsure what to do check Three Fires Council website, or the Working with scouts with disabilities website to get some help.

Oct 23, 2013
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by: Anonymous

current troop has scout with 'issues'. He and his mom do whatever they like and then she wants her son to earn eagle even though no one has seen him at meetings, volunteer events, etc. for an entire year. She blames this all on school work and football. He made those choices. Now she wants eagle which he doesn't deserve and is driving the leadership and the council crazy with her ranting. He is now up against a time deadline...no one cares.

Aug 16, 2011
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check with council or BSA
by: Coach Joe

Please go talk with someone in council on kids with special needs.
this program is set up to assist kids who have LD issues. The BSA have info on this program on their website www.bsa.org or on your local council website.
Good luck

Aug 04, 2011
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Scouting/School all the same
by: Anonymous

I understand your fustration. I have 3 children with ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities. The school's teachers say these students need to avocate for themselves and are expected to keep up with regular classes. They work 2-3 times harder only to get F or D's because they didn't do all the work or didn't show everything. My son has a reading level of 6-8 grade? yet he is expected to read college level and write college level papers in high school (has to read the same amount and write the same length paper too.)

Not only have I struggled with school for my children (mostly the trained teachers who are suppose to help them). I have struggle with my son in Scouts. In our case we have several boys with different issues, but it doesn't stop some kids from giving them a hard time. For the most part we have a great group of parent/boys but it only takes a couple to make it tough on one. My son has over 40 merit badges and trained new boys on knife safety and other skills yet he was blacked balled from being SPL leader several times, they let lower ranks have it over him. He was denied positions on whim of other scouts and leader too. He is struggling to get Eagle done, but has been held up several times by adults in troop and given wrong information. I will be so glad when this year is over, no high school teachers to deal with no spoiled rude boys using Scouting to get ahead but not practising the laws to live by. Hang in there you're not alone. Just remember there are others out there and your son can help them as he knows what it's like so will be able to give good advise.

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