Aware and Care

Webelos_AoL Aware and CareAware and Care,
a Webelos and Arrow of Light Elective Adventure

“Everyone has challenges–and understanding the challenges of others leads to acceptance.  In this adventure, Webelos Scouts will learn firsthand how people live with disabilities that affect their sight, hearing, dexterity, and mobility;  with this new understanding, they can help educate their peers and prevent the hurtful exclusion of others” is the rationale for this adventure, according to the Webelos Den Leader guide.

Read on to find out what the requirements are and to discover creative ways to complete the adventure.

Requirements:

Complete the following Requirements.

  1. Develop an awareness of the challenges of the blind or visually impaired through participation in an activity that simulates blindness or visual impairment. Alternatively, participate in an activity that simulates the challenges of being deaf or hard of hearing.
  2. Engage in an activity that simulates mobility impairment. Alternatively, take part in an activity that simulates dexterity impairment.
  3. With your den, participate in an activity that focuses on the acceptance of differences in general.
  4. Do two of the following:
    a. Do a Good Turn for residents at a skilled nursing facility or retirement community.
    b. Invite an individual with a disability to visit your den, and discuss what activities he or she currently finds challenging or found challenging in the past.
    c. Attend a disabilities event such as a Special Olympics competition, an adaptive sports event, a performance with sign language interpretation, or an activity with service dogs. Tell your den what you thought about the experience.
    d. Talk to someone who works with people who have disabilities. Ask what that person does and how he or she helps people with disabilities.
    e. Using American Sign Language, sign the Scout Oath.
    f. With the help of an adult, contact a service dog organization, and learn the entire process from pup training to assignment to a client.
    g. Participate in a service project that focuses on a specific disability.
    h. Participate in an activity with an organization whose members are disabled.

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  • How much time or money will it take?
  • Is it big enough for the entire pack? Or is it small enough for the den?
  • Will the boys learn something? Is it worthwhile?

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