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Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 12:04:13 EST
Subject: Boy's Scouts
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Sorry for the delay in a response, as I don't get a chance to keep up with
all this email. I can only answer your concerns with our own experiences.
My son is 15.5 years old and this week just finished his Eagle. He was
diagnosed at 8 years old and went on the pump in 8th grade. I was really
concerned about, as you said, problems out in the woods, but now I feel that
Boys Scouts is incredibly important to his whole mental health and self
Image. It was given him the ability to just be one of the boys. He has gone
to a different Boy's Scout summer camps ever year. I just send detailed
information and make sure I talk to their medical staff ahead of time. They
have always been very supportive.
When we chose what troop he was going to join, we talked to the leaders to
get a feel of their supervision level, their medical training and their
willingness to work with my son, but not make him stand out as the "sick
The pump has been an incredible help in his scout experiences. As he go
older and could move his basals as needed, change his bolus rates with
exercise and times and what he was eating, it gave him the freedom to adapt
his medical needs to the situation rather than expecting the situation to
adjust to his medical needs. This is very important to a teenager. It gave
him the ability to have such scout experiences as back packing for 2 weeks in
Alaska to being on the staff of scout leadership camps (Brownsea).
I urge you to give scouts a change. And if you are not comfortable with him
out there by himself, I urge you to get involved. There are a lot of great
experiences in scouts for adults also.
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