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Special Registration Beyond Age 18

For a boy to be registered/continue to be registered with the Boy Scouts as an active scout with disabilities, a packet of materials outlined below must be submitted, which will then be reviewed and a decision made at the Council level.  If the request is granted, it permits the scout to continue working on advancement past the normal age of 18.  

Unit Leaders, if you have a scout that appears to have a strong interest in scouting, then the Special Needs Scouting Committee urges the unit and the scout's family to submit the required paperwork as soon as possible, preferably well before the scout's 18th birthday!

If Council approves the Special Registration request, all related confidential paperwork will remain in the unit's file in the registrar's office as well as with the Special Needs Scouting Committee's confidential files.

The findings of the Council's final decision will be sent in letter form to the Unit Leader from Scout Executive Pat Coviello's office.

The following documents are required:

1. A letter from a parent or guardian describing the disability and its severity and permanence, and petitioning the council for approval of registration beyond the age of eligibility
2. A completed youth membership application or proof of current membership
3. A completed Annual BSA Health and Medical Record form, signed by a licensed physician, found online at Link
4. A signed statement from a qualified health professional attesting to the nature of the disability, its severity,
and permanent limitations connected with it. For physical disabilities, this must be a licensed physician;
for developmental or cognitive issues, a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist, or as appropriate, a neurologist or other medical professional in a specialty related to the disability.
5. A letter from the unit leader advocating and supporting the registration
6. Other supporting documentation, such as an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), 504 Plan, treatment summaries, etc.submitted by a  professional in a specialty related to the disability, which although are optional, can make a significant difference in the Council's final decision. 

When these pieces have been compiled, they can be mailed/ delivered to the Council office:

Westchester-Putnam Council, BSA

41 Saw Mill River Rd.

Hawthorne, NY  10532

Attn:  Special Needs Committee Chair

or they can be emailed confidentially to:


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