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1/7/13 1:06 A

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It's great that you work in a group home. We were very fortunate that the little town we live in has a facility specifically for brain injured clients. They have 5 group homes here in town. The staff are very nice and there are a lot of family members working for the facility. My wife would not have let him go into a group home if she didn't trust them enough. We pick him up as much as we can to do things. He loves to camp but I've only had him camping 3 times since the accident. Because he requires so much supervision, I couldn't take him on troop outing much because I was the Scoutmaster and had to focus attention on the other boys more. OA is the best time to get him out there because it can be just me and him but I'm often too busy to make it happen. He is in a day program through the facility and they get to go bowling, fishing, and many other things. They even go to a special camp each year. Maybe if I can lose some weight, it won't be so hard on me to get him out camping more.

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1/6/13 3:15 P

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Hi Doug - welcome to the group!

I'm so sorry to hear of your son's condition - terrible!! But his completing his Eagle is totally awesome!!!

I'm from Ohio Valley (use to be called Scioto Valley). My son joined scouting when he was 9 as a Web 1 and made Eagle "just" before his 18th. He is now 27 and because of his work schedule cannot continue in Scouting. I however have. I'm currently a Committee Member with T136 in Grove City Ohio. I've also been a District Commissioner and was a member of our Eagle Board for 5 years.

The other posted is correct - this group is very quiet - but that doesn't mean it has to stay that way. Maybe you'll be the one to open that door

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1/5/13 8:50 P

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My sons TBI was not as severe and was the results of multiple concussions starting with a major one at scout day camp feb. 8 2007. The were playing a game outside on the ice and someone kicked a large yoga ball at his face his head whipped back and then he hit the ice and lost consciousness. He missed 5 weeks of school and then had seven more concussions in a two year time period. He has mostly issues with memory loss, headaches, and difficulty with academics. His state testing scores have been going down every year since then and he was in the 99 percentile before the first injury. His IQ also went down.

I work in a group home and I think it is a good choice because it lets you be involved in his life without the daily struggles and he will be able to have some independence. I have one client that visits his parents every other weekend and it works out great for everyone. It will also help out in the long run as if something happens to you his world won't fall apart as much. I have another client that moved in because his mom died and there was no one else to care for him and he was dealing with the loss as well as moving into a situation where he had to get use to living with other people and different caregivers. I also teach special education and I have seen some amazing parents struggle with that choice and then realize it was the best situation they could choose.

I started my weight loss journey as part of my Woodbadge ticket. That ticket was similar to what the boys have to do for personal fitness merit badge with the 90 day plan. I had a injury that I gained everything back but I am now almost my lowest weight of my adult life.

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1/5/13 6:47 P

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Thanks for the welcome. It's good to know a fellow scouter who is familiar with TBI. His accident was in 2005 - right after I had my first of 3 back surgeries. He was 13. I was doing SparkPeople before I retired from the Air Force in 2008 but stopped after I retired and also stopped working out. This past may, we put our son into a group home which has really helped relieve a lot of stress. We tried to keep him home but it was too hard and he wanted some independence. My youngest son starting taking martial arts near the group home and it got my blood wanting to get back into martial arts so I recently joined his class. The good thing is it is near the group home so we can stop in and see him frequently. Thanks again for the welcome. I hope to become a fixture around here. :-)

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1/5/13 4:57 P

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Hi Doug,

I have a son with TBI and it isn't easy as you know. Congrats on him finishing as well as your other son. This team does not post a lot but I thi it is because we are all doing our scout stuff and trying to be healthy.

I am currently on Woodbadge staff and even though I never thought anything would be better than Woodbadge I was wrong being on staff and being a part of the training crew is amazing. I can't imagine how many scouts loves are made better by training leaders.

I hope you are able to use spark people a lot to is great.

Juliane
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1/4/13 11:43 P

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Hi! I'm Doug. I was the Scoutmaster of Troop 299 in the Tuscarora Council but we had to end that troop and now I am the Committee Chair of Troop 11 in the Tuscarora Council.

My oldest was a Star Scout when he was hit by a car and got a severe traumatic brain injury but he managed to finish his Eagle Scout before his 18th birthday without any alternate requirements despite the physical set backs. My youngest son just had his Eagle Scout ceremony last week.

I did Woodbadge as an Owl in 2005.

I really enjoy scouting and I want to get back into shape so set a good example for the boys.

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