Special Needs Scouting 

Advancement Policies and Procedures

Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has included fully participating members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. The basic premise of Scouting for youth with disabilities is full participation. Youth with disabilities can be treated and respected like every other member of their unit. They want to participate like other youth—and Scouting provides that opportunity. Many of the programs for Scouts with disabilities are directed at (1) helping unit leaders develop an awareness of people with disabilities among youth without disabilities and (2) encouraging the inclusion of Scouts with disabilities and special needs in Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships. 

The Guide to Advancement and Scouting for Youth with Disabilities Manual spells out specific advancement procedures and accommodations any person with a disability is entitled to ask for and receive to succeed in Scouting.

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.

The Guide to Advancement http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf

Scouting for Youth with Disabilities http://new.wpcbsa.org/pubs/Scouting_for_Youth_with_Disabilities_Manual.pdf

For more information, see our SNScouting Advancement PageExternal Link