Scout helps youths with ADHD, Asperger

By on September 19, 2010

Participants sought for Eagle Scout program
by David Maas
SUGAR GROVE—Richard Williams, a junior at Kaneland High School, is attempting to reach the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, the Eagle Scout. To accomplish this, he must complete an Eagle Project and decided to undertake a program to help kids with the same disabilities he has.

In the fourth grade, the Sugar Grove youth was diagnosed with attention deficit syndrome. Later, before his freshman year of high school, Richard was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a high-functioning autism spectrum disorder.

“Despite the challenges, (with) these two diagnoses present, he has held many positions in the Troop in the past, including Senior Patrol Leader,” said Sean Williams, Richard’s father, “When deciding on an Eagle Project, he wanted to do something to help others with the disabilities he has.”

Richard is a member of local Boy Scout Troop 3.

“New Frontiers,” Richard’s project, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn, for kids ages 8 through 14 with ADHD and/or Asperger. He is seeking participants for the event.

“(Richard) feels Scouting has helped him in dealing with the challenges of his disabilities, and wants to give others the same opportunities he had,” his father said.

The event will feature four stations and lunch; both are free to all participants.

“The stations are meant to expose the participants to the outdoors, as well as different communication, teamwork, leadership, and confidence-building activities,” Williams said.

A first-aid station will expose participants to basic first-aid skills, and a campfire-building/fire-safety station will teach youths the art of safely building and extinguishing a campfire.

Adults will be in charge of each station and also will lead each group, with parents accompanying their child’s group so they can observe the activities.

Richard plans to supervise the entire event, making sure participants correctly execute everything in his project plan.

Pre-registration for this event is required, with a maximum of 40 participants. Send pre-registration requests to CloudFlierX@yahoo.com.