Adventure for everyone


The adventure of Scouting is open to young people with disabilities and special educational needs. Zoe Sherwood talks about how Scouting has benefited her son Lewis, 10, who has type 1 diabetes.

Lewis was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was just four years old. Now 10, he’s on an insulin pump 24 hours a day and uses an extra piece of kit known as a CGM (continuous glucose monitor).

James and Susan, the leaders at 1st Essington Cubs, have been absolutely fantastic. There are times when Lewis’s condition is very challenging and sometimes scary. When his blood sugars are high or low it can be reflected in his behaviour and low blood sugar is a medical emergency. Lewis has to count all the carbohydrates he consumes in order for the insulin pump to give him the required amount of insulin.

We gave the leaders a copy of his care plan and talked them through it. They help Lewis to count the carbohydrates, prompt him to check his blood sugars and help him treat low blood sugar. Before camp they let us know what meals are planned so we can count the carbohydrates. Lewis’s confidence has blossomed thanks to their dedication, kindness and guidance. We know that they are there to help him if he needs it.

He’s able to take part in activities like any other Cub. He’s had the opportunity to go hiking, biking and camping and this has been great for his confidence. The leaders have helped Lewis to accept his condition and are an absolute credit to Scouting. Their hard work is a massive support for Lewis, and also invaluable to our family.

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