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Taking A Break From Boy Scouts

raising an autism childMy son has hit a point where we think he needs a break from Boy Scouts.  He hasn’t passed a Scout Master Conference in a long time.  He won’t answer the questions, or demonstrate his ability to do a task that is asked of him.  He knows the answers, and he knows how to do the tasks.  He has done both outside of the Scout Master Conference, but has to do it in the meeting to pass.  Until he does that, he can not go up in rank.

My husband and I have decided that he needs a break from Boy Scouts.  My husband continues to go, since he is one of the assistant scout leaders.  My husband has also enlisted the help of another troop’s scout leader.  She works at my son’s school, and has started pulling him out of class to work with him.  She does this once or twice a week.  The skills that my son needs to demonstrate, and the questions he needs to ask, fall in line with things that they teach at school.

It is my hope that my son will return to Boy Scouts.  I know he enjoys being around the other boys, and he enjoys the camping trips.  I just think he needs a little break.  The Boy Scouts meet once a week, all year.  I think anyone would eventually need a break from that.  My husband and I have been considering this for awhile.  It’s not something we just up and decided to do.  We’ve talked about it for the last year, and have finally decided that it was time that we gave our son a break from the Boy Scout meetings.

I think he misses them, on some level.  I did notice that he gets a little upset when my husband leaves without him.  I don’t know if it’s because he has become accustomed to going with my husband, or he truly wants to go.  However, it doesn’t take him long to settle down after my husband leaves.  This leaves me to believe that he isn’t too unhappy about not going.  My son would throw a huge tantrum if he was extremely upset.

I don’t know how long a break we will give him.  I’m thinking about a month, maybe a little longer.  My husband and I are still discussing that.  We’ll keep an eye on my son’s reaction to not attending Boy Scout meetings.  We also ask him about how he feels about not attending the meetings.  So far, he hasn’t been able to articulate his feelings.  We’ll keep trying.

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