Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Ranks Alternative Requirements
A Scout who has a permanent physical or mental disability (or
a disability expected to last more than two years or beyond the
18th birthday) and is unable to complete all of the requirements for
Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank may, with his parents
or guardian, submit a request to the council advancement committee
to complete alternative requirements. Below are the procedures for
applying for alternative requirements. To help facilitate this process,
use the Individual Scout Achievement Plan, No. 512-936, which can be
found at http://www.scouting.org/specialneeds.aspx.
No council, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or to subtract from, any advancement requirements. For more detailed information about alternative requirements, see the Guide to Advancement.
- Do As Many Standard Requirements As Possible. Before
applying for alternative requirements, the member must complete
as many of the standard requirements as his ability permits.
He must do his very best to develop himself to the limit of his
abilities and resources.
- Prepare a Request for Alternative Requirements. Once they
have done their best to the limit of their abilities and resources,
the unit leader or a troop committee member submits to the
council advancement committee, a written request for alternative
requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.
It must show what has been completed, and suggest the alternatives
for those requirements the Scout cannot do.
- Secure a Medical Statement and Provide Supporting Documents.
The request must be accompanied by supporting letters from the
unit leader, a parent or guardian, and the member (if possible),
as well as a written statement from a qualified health professional
related to the nature of the disability. This may be a physician,
neurologist, psychiatrist, psychologist, etc., or an educational
administrator as appropriate. Statements must describe the disability;
cover the Scout’s capabilities, limitations, and prognosis; and outline
what requirements cannot be completed. Additional information
such as Individualized Education Plans (IEP) provided to parents
by schools, and various treatment summaries and reports, may
help an advancement committee make an informed decision.
- The Advancement Committee Reviews the Request. The council
advancement committee reviews the request, utilizing the expertise
of professional persons involved in Scouts with disabilities. The
committee may want to interview the Scout, his parents, and
the unit leader to fully understand the request and to make a
fair determination. The committee’s decision should be recorded
and delivered to the Scout and the unit leader.
No council, district, unit, or individual has the authority
to add to, or to subtract from, any advancement
requirements. For more detailed information about
alternative requirements, see the Guide to Advancement.