Working with Youth with Special Needs


Jun 6, 2017 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm



Maytag Scout Center
6123 Scout Trail
Des Moines, IA 50321
Location Phone: 515-266-2135


Orientation & Training
Fred Maytag II Scout Center
6123 Scout Trail, Des Moines, IA 50321
Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 6:30 pm

Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has had fully participating members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. The first Chief Scout Executive, James E. West, had a disability. While there are Units composed exclusively of Scouts with disabilities, experience has shown that Scouting works best when such boys are mainstreamed—placed in a regular patrol or den in a regular Unit.

The best guide to working with Scouts who have special-needs is to use good common sense. It’s obvious that a Scout in a wheelchair may have problems fulfilling a hiking requirement, but it might not be so obvious when it comes to the Scout with a learning disability.

This training and orientation will help you with guidance on how best to work with the Scout. Each Scout will be different, so no single plan will work for every Scout. Working with Scouts with special-needs will take time and patience, but the rewards will be great, for you and for the members of your Unit.

Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Time:  6:30 pm
Location:  Fred Maytag II Scout Center, 6123 Scout Trail, Des Moines, IA 50321
Who:  All Volunteers




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