Special Needs Resources

The basic premise of Scouting for youth with disabilities and special needs is that they want most to participate like other youth—and Scouting gives them that opportunity. Thus, much of the program for Scouts with disabilities and special needs is directed at (1) helping unit leaders develop an awareness of disabled people 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 following resources provide additional information about Scouts with disabilities.

Links are provided to materials that are available online.

General Resources

Bookshare in Scouting flier  
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Guide to Advancement 2013, No. 33088 (See Section

Guide to Working With Scouts With Special Needs and DisABILITIES, No. 510-071

Scouting With Special Needs and Disabilities information sheet

Scouting for Youth With Disabilities Manual, No. 34059

Torch of Gold Award, No. 512-945

Woods Services Award, No. 512-258

Special Needs Scouting Service Award


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

Continuing education courses, Special Needs Scouting

Disabilities Awareness Challenge, PowerPoint presentation


Including Scouts With Disabilities, PowerPoint presentation

Incluyendo Scouts con Discapacidades

Esta presentación en PowerPoint con notas del instructor ofrece a nuevos y potenciales lideres de Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, y Venturing con los conocimientos básicos y las habilidades necesarias para incluir y servir Scouts con discapacidades. Los participantes aprenderán sobre el proceso del adelanto, y los procedimientos y políticas nacionales relacionadas de los Boy Scouts of America. El intento es ser una presentación dirigida por un instructor para voluntarios de cualquier nivel de experiencia y tarda de 60 a 90 minutos para completar.

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.

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.

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.

Essentials in Serving Scouts With Disabilities

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