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Thursday, January 29, 2015

BSA alternative requirements ensure youth with disabilities get the most out of Scouting

by Bryan on Scouting - Blog
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Special needs or disabilities shouldn't stop a young person from joining Scouting and thriving in our life-changing program.

Fortunately, they don't.

BSA alternative requirements benefit Scouts or Venturers with a wide range of documented disabilities, including those that are physical and/or cognitive. These modified requirements allow a registered member to remain in Cub Scouts beyond age 11, in Boy Scouts beyond age 17 and in Venturing or Sea Scouts beyond age 20.

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  • Comments (28)
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    Cubmaster
    3 years ago
    David LaRue
    Cool
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    Historian
    3 years ago
    Matthew D.
    Nice job
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  • Cornhusker Council Image
    3 years ago
    Troy Nichols
    I know a scout that might use this.
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  • California Inland Empire Council Image
    3 years ago
    Gabriella Wright
    This is great that accommdations are being made to those with special needs. I have two boys of my own who are on the spectrum, and this is good news! Now.....just to get leaders in districts, councils, etc. familiar (trained) with working with those with special needs!
    Pending Approval
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    Assistant Scoutmaster
    2 years ago
    Denise Shepherd
    My son who has Epilepsy and learning disabilities from it was given extra time to obtain Eagle Scout. He became an Eagle Scout at 25 years of age as he cannot read and it took time to do the Eagle required merit badges. He was able to substitute Computers to replace Communications which helped. He is very limited in reading and writing. He is now one of the Assistant Scoutmaster's for our Troop!
    Pending Approval
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    2 years ago
    Debbie Lopez Stitt
    My husband and i are personal support workers and this is an awesome program to be offered
    Pending Approval
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    2 years ago
    Daniel White
    Way to go BSA!
    Pending Approval
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    Committee Advancement Coordinator
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    2 years ago
    Olga Ashby-Bacon
    Good Morning, I have a 12 year old son who is in boy scouts and loves it. He has a learning disability and has a very hard time explaining what things mean. What documents do I turn in to BSA to show he has a learning disability? I do have his IEP. Thanks
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    Webelos Den Leader
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    2 years ago
    Joe Schmid
    @Olga Ashby-Bacon (and anyone else)

    Please refer to the Scouting for Youth with Disabilities Manual ( http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34059.pdf )
    See Appendix X, item E
    Individual Scout Advancement Plan (ISAP) SAMPLE p115

    I recommend the sooner the better in submitting the ISAP to ensure support with rank advancement, etc.
    Pending Approval
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    Quartermaster
    2 years ago
    Jacob B.
    Yep, way to go. I have a hearing disability and I am a boyscout! :-)
    Pending Approval
  • Great Salt Lake Council Image
    2 years ago
    Jaclyn Black
    I like apples
    Pending Approval
  • Last Frontier Council Image
    2 years ago
    Louise Main
    Thank you way over due.
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    Committee Member
    2 years ago
    Mary Boyd
    Thank you so much for sharing this information. This will be very helpful to share with a Troop I work with disabilities. I am all in favor of this awesome program. Way to go!!!
    Pending Approval
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    2 years ago
    Brian Morse
    Hello my name is Brian Morse. I am a commissioner with the Suffolk County Council. Here on Long Island we have created a position called the Troop Advocate. Their role is to support our leaders in the mission of Scouting, and to manage the day to day challenges that special needs Scouting presents.
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    Committee Chairman
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    a year ago
    Don Williams
    HUA!
    (for the non-military affiliated, HUA stands for Heard, Understood & Acknowledged)
    Way to go BSA!
    Pending Approval
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    Committee Member
    a year ago
    David Hudson
    I strongly support the inclusion and support of individuals with disabilities. One of the merit badges offered by scouting is Disability Awareness. Please make an effort to encourage more people to complete this badge requirements. It benefits all.
    Pending Approval
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    a year ago
    Anoop Nair
    Great news BSA!!!
    Pending Approval
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    Assistant Scoutmaster
    a year ago
    Scott Kitterman
    Why did we wait so long!!!! Great program.
    Pending Approval
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    Assistant Scoutmaster
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    a year ago
    Don Spoon
    Timely! I am new to a troop that is known for working with Scouts with disabilities. I desperately needed some resource material to get me up to speed and this did it. I suggest repeating and updating this article every year as we gain experience and knowledge about how to ENABLE these Scouts to be a success!
    Pending Approval
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    a year ago
    Jacinta Ochsenhirt
    This is awesome... My 8 year old son with ASD just joined Cub Scouts and I am looking forward to the life skills and peer socialness that will come with the program.
    Pending Approval
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    11 months ago
    Julie Livingston
    I think this is great. I'm a special education teacher and love to see everyone having the opportunity to be in scouting. If anyone would ever need any help I would love to help out. Julie
    Pending Approval
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    9 months ago
    Irma Hernandez
    This a great program for my kid . I missed the opportunity for my first son but, I would like to see my youngest one graduated from eagle scout. And I know any sacrifice is worth it.the kids probably Don't see the benefit right now. But this is what every boy needs. Thanks to every one in the troop 110 for all the support we get.
    Pending Approval
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    8 months ago
    Halima Fredericks
    This is wonderful news!
    Pending Approval
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    Webmaster
    6 months ago
    Nik V.
    Cool I think the kids with disabilities should get the most out of scouting
    Pending Approval
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    6 months ago
    Heidi York
    Agreed - pls update and rerun this article every year to help continue to promote more involvement from those working with and with those having disabilities! Help us all
    "Be prepared!"
    Pending Approval
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    6 months ago
    Cassandra Juarez
    Thanks so much for this BSA!!!
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    Scoutmaster
    2 months ago
    JuanmaPro Salvatierra
    Awesome ! And thanks so much.
    Pending Approval
  • Narragansett Council, BSA Image
    a month ago
    Cameron B.
    Thank you so much for giving people who might not have a chance at doing things like this that chance. It means a lot to me, as I know many people who could benefit from this.
    Pending Approval
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