Two and a half years ago, a Boy Scout troop was organized in Patterson specifically for boys with special needs. It is the only troop of its type in a six-county area.
The troop started small but has now grown to nine members, some who reside in other communities. We meet in the basement of the Federated Church on Friday evenings and enjoy short camping trips. We also have trained adult leadership.
Of necessity, most parents are participators with their sons. For instance, five youths and four adults will spend next week at Camp Mensinger in the Sierra, a certified Boy Scout camp that attracts as many as 200 boys a week. We will have a good time again this year — guaranteed.
We are sometimes asked if the troop is “full.” No, it is not. We can accommodate several more boys ages 10 to 18, regardless of whether they have learning disabilities, autism, physical handicaps, emotional problems or a combination requiring a special Scout program.
Anyone interested in further information should call me at 892-6355.
Ron Swift, scoutmaster, Patterson