Scout arranges camp for adults with disabilities

Adam Deutsch, 14, of Naperville’s Boy Scout Troop 222. “I wanted to give them the chance.”   From Fri., May 30 to Sun., June 1, 2014, Deutsch arranged for seven clients of Naperville’s Association for Individual Development (AID) to experience a camping weekend at Hoover Forest  Preserve, 25 minutes from Aurora.  |  Submitted
Adam Deutsch, 14, of Naperville’s Boy Scout Troop 222. “I wanted to give them the chance.” From Fri., May 30 to Sun., June 1, 2014, Deutsch arranged for seven clients of Naperville’s Association for Individual Development (AID) to experience a camping weekend at Hoover Forest Preserve, 25 minutes from Aurora. | Submitted

Adam Deutsch, 14, of Naperville’s Boy Scout Troop 222, might have started something that will last long after he earns his Eagle Scout rank.

His project was organizing a camping trip for seven clients of Naperville’s Association for Individual Development.

“Usually, people with disabilities aren’t able to go camping,” Deutsch said. “I wanted to give them the chance.”

From May 30 to June 1, the group slept in cabins at Hoover Forest Preserve, 25 minutes from Aurora. The male clients of AID were between the ages of 20 and 40.

“I wanted them to know what Boy Scouts is all about,” said Deutsch, who joined Cub Scouts when he was six.

As the highest rank in Scouting, only a small percentage of young men become Eagle Scouts. Requirements include acceptance of troop leadership positions, completion of 21 merit badges, implementation of an approved service project before reaching age 18, and receipt of six adult recommendations.

Deutsch also asked 11 family members and friends to assist him as volunteers. One volunteer was a nurse. Deutsch contacted Whole Foods for the donation of groceries.

Weekend activities included hikes, a scavenger hunt, a soccer game, Bingo, soap carving, dramatic skits and a sing-a-long. The group made s’mores and used telescopes to gaze at the stars.

The weekend was a win-win.

“The clients loved the camping trip,” said Terri Davis of AID. “They all asked when they can go again.”

As a result of Deutsch’s camping weekend, the Special Needs Committee of Three Fires Council, which covers the western suburbs, is looking to create a new Scout troop at AID.

Information courtesy of Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council

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