Disabilities Awareness – Serving Scouts With Disabilities

The basic premise of Scouting for youth with disabilities is that every boy wants to participate fully and be respected like every other member of the troop. While there are, by necessity, troops exclusively composed of Scouts with disabilities, experience has shown that Scouting usually succeeds best when every boy is part of a patrol in a regular troop.

The following resources provide additional information about Scouts with disabilities.

Links are provided to materials that are available online.

 

NOTICE:  This page and its content is under review. If you have questions regarding specific content that is now unavailable, please contact disabilitiesawareness@scouting.org.

 

General Resources

Bookshare in Scouting flier 
Accessible Scout materials all in one place!

Guide to Advancement, No. 33088 (See Section 10.0.0.0)

Guide to Working With Scouts With Special Needs and DisABILITIES, No. 510-071
Currently being rewritten as Information for Working with Scouts with Special Needs and DisAbilities

Scouting With Special Needs and Disabilities information sheet

Scouting for Youth With Disabilities Manual, No. 34059
Currently being rewritten as Guide To Disabilities Awareness

Torch of Gold Award, No. 512-945

Woods Services Award, No. 512-258

Special Needs Scouting Service Award

Advancement

Individual Scout Advancement Plan, No. 512-936

Request for Registration Beyond the Age of Eligibility, No. 512-935

Application for Alternative Eagle Scout Rank Merit Badges, No. 512-730

Educational Presentations

College of Commissioner Science curriculum

  • Bachelor’s courses, Serving Scouts With Special Needs, BCS 118
  • Master’s courses, Advanced Special Needs Scouting, MCS 322

Continuing education courses, Special Needs Scouting

Disabilities Awareness Challenge, PowerPoint presentation

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Inclusion – The Key to Disabilities Awareness

This presentation provides leaders and parents with an introduction to inclusion, an important process needed to work with ALL youth, those who have special needs among them. We hope it will inspire participants to learn more about inclusion and its ability to impact ALL Scouts in a positive way. The session is intended to be instructor-led and lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes depending on the experience level of those attending.

  • Download PowerPoint Presentation, Download Presenter’s Notes 

Camping Considerations for Scouts With Disabilities

This presentation provides leaders, parents, and Scouts with key planning and logistical considerations prior to and during camping trips. The goal is to create a positive outdoor adventure for all Scouts, including those with different abilities. The session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

  • Download PowerPoint Presentation, Download Presenter’s Notes 
  • Download Presenter’s Handouts

Program and Planning Strategies for Working With Scouts With Disabilities

This presentation provides leaders, parents, and Scouts with planning and program strategies needed to create a positive experience for all Scouts, including those with disabilities. The session takes 60 to 90 minutes, depending on experience level.

  • Download PowerPoint Presentation, Download Presenter’s Notes 
  • Download Presenter’s Handouts

Essentials in Serving Scouts With Disabilities

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  • Essentials in Serving Scouts With Disabilities Handout

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