Advancement for Members With Special Needs
PLEASE NOTE: The Guide to Advancement has been updated for 2017.
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Youth with physical disabilities and youth and adults with
developmental or cognitive challenges are welcome in the
Boy Scouts of America. As outlined in this section, various
accommodations exist to facilitate advancement. These youth
do not need to join a special unit oriented to serving members
with disabilities, although those exist and may be beneficial
in some cases. The severity of disability will indicate how
members should be registered. See “Registering Qualified Members Beyond Age of Eligibility,” 10.1.0.0.
When knowledgeable parents or volunteers are able to
provide assistance and oversight, most anyone can be a
member. While leaders should be enthusiastic about helping
those with special needs, they should also recognize the
demands that will be placed on their patience,
understanding, and skill in working on advancement.