Thursday, April 28, 2011

Autism Awareness Month

Welcome All to Autism and Scouting!
I have a few quick things to take care of before we get into the main topic tonight. 

First, I have a new e-mail if anybody would like to write directly to me.  My new e-mail is autismandscouting@gmail.com. To be honest with you, I had this e-mail for awhile but I am just now starting to use it again. If you write to me, I will get back to you. Or if you leave a message here in the comments section or on Facebook at Autism and Scouting, I will get back to you. 

Second, I wanted to share a link that showed up on Facebook today under Boy Scouts of America about a Scout, who for his Eagle Project put together and coordinated the disAbilities Awareness Fair this past weekend in his home state. This scout has Down Syndrome and is part of Troop 164 in Martinsburg, WV. Great job to Joe Fairbanks and to Troop 164 who is supporting him. This is a great example of taking a different ability and turning it into a positive. 

Photo is from the The Journal 
in Martinsburg, WV

It was a nice follow-up to yesterday's Blog and to see how this scout has made a difference. 

Third, to all of our friends in the southern part of the US, you are in our hearts and prayers tonight after all of the destruction that has taken place because of the tornadoes. If you have been affected, we are so sorry and we will keep on sending prayers your way. 

Now on to the topic: Autism Awareness Month
As many of you know, April is the National Autism Awareness month for the US and April, 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.  Now that the month is almost over, being aware and trying to learn more doesn’t mean that the awareness should stop because the month comes to a close.  

Many times I have seen that people are all excited at the start of Autism Awareness Month but as the month goes on the the enthusiasm wanes until the following year comes around when they get caught back up in the media hype. To be fair, I see this same thing with other causes as well.  It is understandable since we all have to deal with the issues that surround our kiddos’ challenges on a daily basis.  The day to day events many times dictate in which way our lives have to focus.  

Autism Awareness is also different to each and that should be respected.  Autism Awareness Month does give us a chance to stop and think what we can do to help bring the topic to those who might not understand the road less traveled we are all on together. It allows us to come together as a community and celebrate our wonderful children and all of the greatness of their neuro-diversity. 

We can celebrate them in the scouting world by the challenges they conquer and the obstacles that they can vault over.  It is not just about making the next rank or completing the next Merit Badge but when they can go to a campout and can cook a meal or tie a knot or make it through a meeting without having sensory issues. 

This has been a wonderful month for Autism and Scouting on Facebook.  We started the month with about 15 members and currently have 52. I started the year hoping to have a membership of 200 by the end of 2011 but I think we can do much better than that. With your help we can spread the message and get more leaders, parents and scouts signed up so we can share information to better provide all a better experience.   

My son and I have Camporee this weekend so this will be my last blog here for the month and I wanted to again thank all for visiting this blog and supporting it by coming here and to all of the new friends I have made via Facebook and Autism and Scouting. I know by sharing information, there is a learning opportunity for all and that will keep Autism Awareness alive and well all year round.

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 J getting his First Class Rank in March 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Disabilities Awareness – Part 2

I hope that everybody is having a nice April so far. This Blog is dedicated to Autism and Scouting and I want to thank you so much for coming back or visiting for the first time.  All are welcome.

I know the other day I had done a general blog on Autism and Wandering and it did not have any information on how it relates to Scouting. I will be following up on this blog early next week on this issue with more Scout specific ideas. If you have anything that has worked for your scout, please e-mail me or post a response below. Thank You so much. 
Also, in my blog you will find many posts about the activities of our Troop because I find many teachable moments from these outings and learning experiences that I want to share. Even if your child is not in Boy Scouts but some other scouting group or in some other country, I find that these times can be helpful to share.  I will also try to mix the information up so I share information from other scouting groups as well. If you have any subjects that you would like to be addressed, let me know and I will do my best to tackle them. 

Today, I want to also talk briefly about a general topic: Disabilities Awareness – Part 2

This Merit Badge is not earned by very many scouts. In 2007 only 3,964 earned this merit badge compared to the top ranked Merit badge which was First Aid (82,274). The Rank in 2007 was number 104 out of 121 merit Badges offered that year. I personally think it is one of those life skills badges that should be earned by all scouts to better understand about the needs of the people in the community, nation and world. 

The Boy Scouts have a Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge, Cub Scouts have a Disabilities Awareness Belt Loop(first offered in 2009) and I did try to find a Girl Scout Badge but was unable to find one from the Girl Scouts of America website.  I know that the Girl Scouts have a very inclusive scouting program for all and if there are any Girl Scouts out there, if you have something to offer please let me know. If any other scouting group from another country or organization would like to share what your program has to offer, please let me know and I will make sure to include it in a future blog. 

Last Monday, I shared that I started a class for our Troop for the Merit Badge Disabilities Awareness. We started the badge with 6 scouts and we added one more scout for a total of 7 scouts in the class (a little less than 10 percent of the troop). Last week the boys worked on talking about proper etiquette and Person-First Language.  This etiquette directly relates to how people will talk and interact with scouts who have special needs. I was very pleased that all of the boys got it. We talked about how to address others with different abilities and how to interact with others to provide the most utmost respect.  

We then addressed Person-First Language. This refers to the fact that people should not be defined by their different ability but as a person and the essence of the person. I was so impressed by all of the scouts and how well they got it. They all embodied the Scout Law and Oath by the discussion and I was proud to be associated with such fine young men. 

On the meeting this past Monday, we had a discussion on how some with different abilities need adaptations to allow them to live healthy active lives. We went over Seeing Eye Guide dogs and canes for the blind, wheelchairs and braces for those with mobility issues, Teletypewriters for those with hearing issues and we also talked about the use of technology like computers (e-mail) and cell phones (texting) and how these advancements promote an active lifestyle those with different abilities.  I know that many in scouting have other conditions which require the use of additional equipment and it is important for the scouts to be aware what is available to them.

The second part of the meeting talked about how people with different challenges can still take part in sports and other recreational activities. We talked about Beep Baseball for the blind, adaptive Bowling when needed.  I did share the story on how Karen while she was bowling professionally took part in a bowling tournament for those in wheelchairs and we were both amazed how strong the bowlers were. It was a long drive (CA to AZ) and took a lot to get to the event but we where so proud that Karen took part of this great event. The boys and I talked about Basketball Wheelchair leagues, Special Olympics, the Miracle League for kiddos of all special needs, canoeing and adaptive skiing.  The boys again had tons of questions but also know a lot as well and shared with each other. 

The final part of the meeting we talked briefly about how the Boy Scouts have alternate requirements for all of the ranks in scouting for those with disabilities. I did blog on this subject a few days ago were I talked about ISAPs (Individual Scouting Advancement Plan). Here is a direct link to that Blog. ISAP and Advancement Modifications for BSA.

We will be meeting for one final time a week from next Monday and the boys have to bring back two completed projects.  The first is they have to visit two of the following (School, Place of Worship, Camp Site or Public exhibit) and report on how those places can have better access for those who have a disability. The second is to list 10 myths about those who are disabled and share it in a presentation.  In addition to that they will be making a commitment to show a positive attitude and respect to those who have a disability. 

They do have two other requirements which they need to show me or e-mail to me. One is to visit an agency that works with those who have disabilities and report back on what they find. The second is to find a profession that service those who have disabilities and provide a report on that profession.
I am so proud of the scouts that are taking part in the merit badge and I strongly encourage those of you that are Assistant Scout leaders to become a Merit Badge Counselor for Disabilities Awareness and start to offer a class to help in the education of your troop.  For the Den Leaders, set aside one meeting and offer the Disabilities Awareness Belt Loop; this will help promote acceptance and inclusion.  For the other scouting units, if your organization doesn’t have a program, borrow from the Boy Scouts or Cub Scouts and help to promote change within your group to make sure they offer a program that promotes diversity in abilities. 

My son who has aspergers is getting a lot out of this class as well.  In the class, I have respected my son’s privacy and don’t talk about his issues but I have brought up my youngest who also has autism and will be joining as a Cub Scout in about a year.  If you think that your son or daughter will not understand or will have an issue, talk to them and explain why it is important for the issue to be brought up.  Scouting is based on acceptance of your fellow scouts and mankind and should be open to scouts of all abilities with respect to access to the scouting program. Leaders should be aware (this is another deeper subject for later on) of the scouts issues' so they can better provide the support that is needed for the success of each scout. 

I have been personally rewarded as well by offering this class and am very proud of each scout.
You can let me know here what you think or on the Facebook Page: Autism and Scouting.  Thanks for coming by. 

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Wandering Awareness and Safety

Hello All and now that spring has sprung in most parts in the northern part of our globe, many scouting troops, packs and crews will be heading out for lots of adventure. For our friends in down under and destinations south, it is time for you to enjoy your fall and winter time.

Last week, after we had finished with our youngest sons IEP, in the evening we went to an Autism Support group meeting in which many topics were addressed but one caught my attention and a lot of time was spent it during the meeting. It was a topic that I have had questions about at Autism and Scouting which I knew very little about. After that support meeting, I had a place to go to refer people to. The topic was Autism and Wandering.

I have heard stories of scouts with Autism wandering and in a camping situation, it can be very dangerous and a source of concern for parents and leaders when working with a scout with autism that has this issue.

My wife does a blog called Aspierations - Come as you are... Let your light shine! She is an Aspie herself and promotes acceptance in her blog and has been blogging all month on different topics relating to Autism.  She did blog a few days after the meeting and I wanted to share her blog here. With her permission, this is what she wrote. It doesn't deal directly with the issue, I have plans to write about that in the coming days but it is a great starting point to learn more about this topic.

Please let us know if you find it helpful and come join the Autism and Scouting Facebook group if you have not already done so.

Autism Wandering Safety Information & Kit from AWAARE 

by Karen Krejcha at Aspierations - Come as you are... Let your light shine!

Hi Aspierations Friends,


If you read my blog last night, you might remember that after our youngest son's IEP meeting, we attended our Autism Support Group meeting at his preschool a couple hours later.

The primary topic of the night was safety and one of the resources passed out was a Family Wandering Emergency Plan worksheet from the AWAARE Collaboration.  Although I've been to hundreds of autism related websites, this was one I had not seen before and I'm happy to be sharing it with you now because the resources on the site are informational, easy to understand and important to be aware of and relay to your family, friends and neighbors.

The Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response Education (AWAARE) Collaboration is a working group of six national non-profit autism organizations whose mission is to reduce autism-related wandering issues and deaths.  Wandering can happen at all ages. 

Having a youngest who is prone to bolt and wander and an oldest who when involved in a special interest is not as aware of his surroundings, I have had many nightmares about worst case scenarios.  It only takes a couple seconds for a child to wander off and even if your child isn't known to be a wanderer, it only takes one time for something bad to happen.  

AWAARE helps empower you to take action as a family by using preventative measures in advance but in case a family wandering emergency does happen, you will have a plan in place.  

This free Family Wandering Emergency Plan can be printed directly from the AWAARE website.

They also have a great Frequently Asked Questions page.  One of the most common questions is:

Why would a child or adult with autism wander off?  Their answer:

Many reasons. Mainly, a person with autism will wander to either get to something or away from something. Like dementia, persons with autism gravitate towards items of interest. This could be anything from a road sign they once saw to a neighbor’s pool to a merry-go-round in the park. Other times, they may want to escape an environment if certain sounds or other sensory input becomes bothersome. Outdoor gatherings present an especially large problem because it is assumed that there are more eyes on the child or adult with autism. However, heavy distractions coupled with an over-stimulating setting can lead to a child or adult wandering off without notice. School settings are also an issue, especially those that have un-fenced or un-gated playgrounds. A new, unfamiliar, or unsecured environment, such as a relative’s home, may also trigger wandering, as well as episodes of distress, meltdowns, or times when a child or adult with autism has certain fears or anxiety.

AWAARE also has a link on their website to the Big Red Safety Box program, a free resource (based on certain qualifying terms and conditions) provided through the National Autism Association through a generous grant from the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation.  

Contents of the Big Red Safety Box include the following resources:

1) Educational materials and tools:

   -   A caregiver checklist
   -   A Family Wandering Emergency Plan
   -   A first-responder profile form
   -   A wandering-prevention brochure
   -   A sample IEP Letter

2) Two (2) GE Door Alarms

3) One (1) Who’s Shoe ID

4) Five (5) Laminated Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows

We ordered ours tonight.  There is a limit to one per family. I am not sure if it is USA specific. To get more information, please visit:


Keeping kids and adults on the autism spectrum safe can be a lot easier when we empower ourselves with resources and tools to do so.  Please feel free to pass along this information to anyone you know who might find it of interest.

When we let our light shine, we help shine a light on others as well!

Karen
Thank you so much for coming back and I hope the information was helpful.  
Here is the Link again: http://www.awaare.org/ 
I will be doing a follow-up to this blog shortly on how it relates directly to scouting.  
 Thank you so much for coming back and I hope the information was helpful. 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

ISAP and Advancement Modifications for BSA

Hello all and welcome back, and thanks for coming back.

Yesterday, my youngest had his IEP meeting and will be making a transition from the Early Childhood Center where he has been for the past two years to a general education kindergarten with pullouts and a Social Communication Integration Program (SCIP).  One year to go until he gets starts his start as a Tiger and then I will have two in scouts. 

First it was the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) from age two until age three and then an Individual Education Plan (IEP) but what about scouting. For most of us we have been through years of IEP's (we are on year two with one and three with the other) so for us it is common and logical to have something written into our sons educational plan that will allow them to thrive. Why not in scouts?

What about the scout that has issue(s) that prevents them from advancement and/or a required Merit Badge that is needed for advancement? What do they do and what can be done to help our scouts reach the goals they have in scouting?
We first have to look at the BSA Advancement Policy for some type of guidance and go from there. 

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 40)
"All current rank requirements for an advancement award (ranks, merit badges, or Eagle Palms) must actually be met by the candidate. There are no substitutions or alternatives permitted except those which are specifically stated in the requirements as set forth in the current official literature of the Boy Scouts of America. Requests can be made for alternate rank requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class using the information outlined in this chapter. No council, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or to subtract from, any advancement requirements. The Scout is expected to meet the requirements as stated - no more and no less. Furthermore, he is to do exactly what is stated. If it says, "show or demonstrate," that is what he must do. Just telling about it isn't enough. The same thing holds true for such words as "make," "list," "in the field," and "collect, identify, and label."
 
It sounds very black and white but in all reality there are shades of gray. Cub Scouts is much more flexible than Boy Scouts but both offer the chance for all scouts to advance. For Boy Scouts each of the ranks including Eagle have different alternative rank requirements that scouts with disabilities have to choose from to still allow them to advance. 

The following are some areas to consider when you are looking for any modifications or adjustments with the scouting requirements. 

ISAP

The wonderful website, Working with Scouts with Disabilities produced a outstanding document called an Individual Scout Advancement Plan (ISAP). Even though it is not an official BSA document, many Districts and Councils use this document to help when a scout is asking for a modification of one of the requirements. 


Here is a link to the ISAP (word document)

I have never used an ISAP before but from what I understand they are widely accepted and used among different Districts and Councils and the US. Before you use the document, the approval of alternate requirements should be discussed with the Scout, parents, and Scout Leader. The agreement is reached and forwarded for council advancement committee approval BEFORE starting to work on the requirement. It is up to the council advancement committee to provide final approval and make sure the different requirements fit within BSA guidelines. 

If you do use the ISAP, you will need to have documented medical records to support the need to the change in requirements. All documents that will you provide to the scout leadership will fall under the scout's privacy agreement and will only be used to make the determination if the scout will be allowed to use the revised requirement. 

If you have ever used one, we would love to hear your comments. 

Standard BSA Alternate requirements for 
Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class rank.
A Scout who has a permanent physical or mental disability and is unable to complete all of the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank may submit a request to the council advancement committee to complete alternate requirements. Below are the procedures for applying for alternate requirements.
1. Do As Many Standard Requirements As Possible. Before applying for alternate requirements, the Scout must complete as many of the standard requirements as his ability permits. He must do his very best to develop himself to the limit of his abilities and resources.
2. Secure a Medical Statement. A clear and concise medical statement concerning the Scout's disabilities or limitaions must be submitted by a licensed health-care provider. It must state that the disability is permanent and must outline what physical activities the Scout may not be capable of completing. In the case of a mental disability such as a learning disability, an evaluation statement should be submitted by a certified educational administrator relating the ability level of the Scout.
3. Prepare a Request for Alternate Requirements. A written request must be submitted to the council youth development committee for the Scout to work on alternate requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. The request should include the standard requirements the Scout has completed and the suggested alternate requirements for those requirements he cannot complete. This request should be detailed enough for the youth development committee to make an informed decision. The request should be prepared by the Scout, his parents, and his Scoutmaster, and should include a copy of the medical or educational statement as required in No. 2 above.
4. The Youth Development Committee Reviews the Request. The council youth development committee should review the request, utilizing the expertise of professional persons involved in Scouts with disabilities. The committee may want to interview the Scout, his parents, and the unit leader to fully understand the request and to make a fair determination. The committee's decision should be recorded and delivered to the Scout and the unit leader.
No council, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or to subtract from, any advancement requirements. For more detailed information about alternate requirements, see the Advancement and Recognition Policies and Procedures book.
Boy Scout Requirements #33216 p. 13



Time Extensions 
Requesting a Time Extensions is only given for those who are looking to complete the Eagle requirement. If a time extension is granted normally for situations beyond a scout's control, it is only given for about six months past the scouts eighteenth birthday. For those scouts that are have special needs, the extension has no limits. For more information on extensions, click here – Extensions. 

Work with your troop's Scoutmaster and committee to see what they can do for your family because as we know, every scout is different and they all has different needs.  I would hope that your troop would be willing to work with you to make sure that your scout has a wonderful experience in scouting. If you have any questions that are not addressed at the Troop level most Districts have a Special Needs advisor and many even have a Special Needs Committee that will be more than willing to help you out. 

This is just some food for thought to get the conversation started on how we will best serve our scouts. Some of us may never have scouts that need the ISAP, modifications or time extensions but it is nice to know that the scouts that do need these services and options still have a chance to fly like Eagles. 

I will be here if you have any questions and you are more than welcome to post them on the Autism and Scouting Facebook page: Autism and Scouting. 

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge

Hello Scouting Friends and we are on day two!

I may not blog here every night but on those days when I find some nuggets of knowledge or something worth sharing I will for sure be burning up the blog-is-sphere. 

Some days, I may go back and re-post some of my old posts from my other Blog; The Life and Times of John Krejcha which is cornucopia of things that I write about (Scouting, Autism, day to day family life stuff and sometimes even politics).   Here I have reserved this blog to deal with Autism and how it relates to scouting. Although I will write mainly about Boy Scouting and next year both Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, I think the scouting concerns and resolutions can be transferred to any type of scouting around the world (Boy, Girl, Cub, Church Scouting or any scouting around the world). My goal is to unite us to help us better understand our kiddos and provide a place where we can better serve their needs. 

By the way, I do tend to go off on tangents from time to time but I will end up to the place I was meaning to be so I hope you hang on for the ride. 

Today, here in Vancouver, Washington the City Council recognized the fact that it was National Autism Awareness Month with a proclamation.  We were not able to attend because J, my oldest now being the Webmaster had to attend the Patrol Leader Council. 

Although it was sad that we could not attend, I was able to make the most of the scout meeting in so many more ways. It worked out well because during the meeting I was able to start 6 Scouts off on a path to earn the Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge with 3 more starting next week for a total of 9. It was fitting that it was Autism Awareness Month and I was the Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge counselor and it was also a way pay my respects to the city where we live.  The Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge is merit badge that not many scouts get and I wish it would be one of those required ones because of how important it is to recognize the fact all people have a contribution to make no matter what abilities they have. 
We only met for a short time and we talked about Disability Etiquette and Person – First Language (I will go more into that another time) but I was so impressed with the scouts and their understanding about how much they have to contribute to society. We talked about Bill Gates (rumored Aspie), Albert Einstein, Vincent Van Gogh, Stephen Hawking  and James E. West (BSA scouters should know this one) and how people should not be defined because of what they are on the outside but who they are in the inside. It was also interesting to note that 5 of the six had two years or less in Boy Scouting. The three that will be joining are older scouts of another Scout Master but I think they will get a lot out of it as well. 

My hope and wish is that this Merit Badge gets more acceptance and more units will take up this Merit Badge as a way to spread acceptance and tolerance. I have heard stories of scouts with Autism being harassed by other scouts, bullied and made fun of. I have heard stories of scouts having to go from one troop to another and yet another to find a place to be accepted. In fact I have heard this story from a prior scout who was in the troop I am currently in but it had happened many years ago. I have not seen this behavior at all, in fact the current leadership is outstanding in working with all of the boys. I am very proud of the current leadership of the troop and how they accept all scouts. They know how passionate I am about having all be accepted and that I would not stand for such behavior. 

To me these troops that had allowed this to happen need to re-read the scout law and oath and do some internal work on providing a more secure environment for all. To those troops where it is still going on, the is a need to help educate the scouts and foster a more positive environment. To those parent's of these scouts, this is your chance to get involved to help spread the education and get your unit back on the scouting path.

I do have some other pithy comments about tonight's Troop meeting but I will save that for Wednesday. I may not be blogging here on Tuesday; I will be blogging at The Life and Times of John Krejcha about IEPs.  My youngest (who has autism also), is in the process of transitioning from Preschool at the Early Childhood Center to Kindergarten in the fall and we have his IEP meeting and maybe an Autism Support Meeting on Tuesday so it will be a busy day.

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Thank you so much for stopping in. 

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Welcome to Autism and Scouting Blog

Welcome to my Autism and Scouting Blog

As this is Autism Awareness Month, I have been promoting the Autism and Scouting Facebook page all month and we have gotten a lot of new members. I will be posting this blog there as well. To all of the new members, welcome and to everybody reading this blog, I welcome you to check it out. 



I am the father of two boys, my oldest has aspergers and has been in scouting for coming up on five years (1 year in Boy Scouts) and my youngest who has Autism will be joining Cub Scouts in about a year from now.  I was an assistant den leader for my sons first year in scouting as a wolf and then the den leader for the three years (Bear and two years of Webelos). I took 5 months off and then after my son’s return from summer camp, joined the troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster became fully trained and as part of my duties is the Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge Counselor (among some others). 

I first started this Facebook Page in August of 2010 after returning from summer camp and watching the scouts and how they relate to each other and staff. I saw a great need for staff to understand those on the Autism Spectrum and was a great learning tool for me.  During that time I felt a calling to help not only my son but all of the kiddos who call scouting home. I honestly believe that scouting can be used as a tool to help all kiddos with Autism to be more successful and accepted. At this time, I went to google and tried to research Autism and Scouting and came up with very little and many things that were outdated and nothing with practical advice for those who support these kids on how to get the most out of the Scouting experience. 

I thought since there is nothing now out in the mainstream to bring light to the extreme benefits of scouting for those who have Autism, why not me. It took a few months but on January 1 of this year, I started to write my book about Autism and Scouting. Again, I just did not want it to give just facts but those are important, I wanted the book to have a real face to it with real scout stories of scouts who have both seen the positive and the negative side of scouting, from the scout leaders to the parents who support them in the scouting experience.  The writing has been slow going because I have many other commitments but it is starting to come together. I am still in need of more feedback from scouts, leaders and parents and if you know of anybody willing to help, you can contact me either on the Blog Comments below, you can e-mail me or you can leave a note on Facebook.  

In this blog you will find things relating to Autism and the autism spectrum (including Asperger's, PDD/NOS and all spectrum variances) as it relates to Scouting and I am always open to comments and suggestions. I would love to know what subjects you would like me to cover. 

I want to say a special Thank You to my ever loving wife Karen. She is an Aspie and has a great blog all about Autism, Aspergers and the theme of acceptance for all with ASD. She has been very supportive even while times have been tough for us due to the current economic times. She is the one who suggested to me to start this new Blog site and I dedicate all of my work to her and my sons. If it was not for her Love and Support, I would be half the person I am.  She supports me each week as we go off  to the Troop meetings knowing that her work may have to be put on hold while taking care of our other son. It is her Love that allows me to grow as a person, a leader and father.  The best day of my life was the day she walked into it and did not run the other way. I know how much sacrifice you have given, it does not go unnoticed. Thank you so much for everything. 

Please check out the Facebook Page and I hope you will follow me here on Blogger.

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