Scouts with Special Needs


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We strive to provide individuals with special needs opportunities to participate to the best of their abilities in an all-inclusive Scouting program offered by the Boy Scouts of America.

Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has had fully participating members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. James E. West, the fist Chief Scout Executive, was a person with a disability. Although most of the BSA’s efforts have been directed at keeping such boys in the mainstream of Scouting, it has also recognized the special needs of those with significant disabilities.

"Scouting helps by giving Scouts with disabilities an opportunity to prove to themselves and to others that they can do things-and difficult things too-for themselves." - Lord Baden Powell


Websites to visit:
Disabilities Awareness National Website - http://www.scouting.org/disabilitiesawareness.aspx
Autism Empowerment - http://www.autismempowerment.org/autism-scouting-program/

Downloadable PDFs:
Teaching Knots to Scouts with Poor Motor Skills
Window Into My World ADHD
Sensory Overload
Fact Sheet BSA
Facilities Checklist for Special Needs
Cub Scouts With Disabilities 
Autism and Scouting Presentation
Autism and Scouting tips
Scouts Trail Information