Friday, July 27, 2018

There’s room for everyone in scouting

By Erin Morris

Tribune Reporter

Last weekend, local Cub Scouts held the first Scouting with Disabilities event at the Lewisburg Rec Center.

Kevin Riner, Assistant Cub Scout Master with Pack 273 from Cornersville, came up with the idea as part of his coursework for the Wood Badge, a leadership skills course offered for Scout leaders.

“I wanted to show people that scouting is and can be for everyone, even if you have disabilities,” Riner said.

The scouting trail included several stations for scouts, a learning hub, and a disability awareness course were set up and open to the public.

Stations helped scouts with knot tying, hiking essentials, learning about nature, first aid, gardening, map reading, and tent pitching. Upon completing the stations in the scouting trail, scouts were awarded with badges.

The learning hub featured activates like learning sign language, taking a hearing test, writing names in Braille and writing names backward.

Each activity highlighted a specific disability.

The disability awareness course included a blind-awareness maze, blind archery, a crutch obstacle course and one-armed volleyball.

This event drew people from Brentwood, Woodbury, and even Estill Springs. It provided current scouts the opportunity to receive badges, but it also raised awareness about the adaptations that scouts with disabilities could need.

“This event does show people what it’s like to live with a disability, but no matter what, we want people to understand that scouting is an option,” Riner said.

Scouting registration is Aug. 9, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Cornersville United Methodist Church for K-5 boys and girls. Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.