2014-17 Archive: Abilities Digest

This archive was transferred from Scouting.org as they embark on a major web site reorganization. Links will break as the site evolves; we will update these links to point to the appropriate files. 2017 Spring 2017 In This Issue Adapting Activities: Ensuring a great summer camp experience for Scouts with special needs.Awareness Events: The disabilities... Continue Reading →

Video Preview of the Philmont Conference

Britt Flather of the National SND Committee shares the following: Our family attended the Philmont Training Center Special Needs Scouting Conference in 2019. Here are a few highlights from our adventure and why we believe you should consider PTC in 2021! The first video (one minute, below) focuses on our overall conference experience. The second... Continue Reading →

Advancement Considerations with Physical Disabilities

An edited version of this article also appears in the May/June 2020 issue of Advancement News. Physical disabilities can be accommodated in most cases by an open-minded reading of the requirement, keeping in mind the intent and learning objective of the requirement.  Demonstrate/Show – There are many requirements that use the word demonstrate or show. ... Continue Reading →

Being Prepared for Physical Disabilities

An edited version of this article also appear in the May/June 2020 issue of Advancement News. Physical disabilities require thorough advance preparation.  Every kind of mobility equipment has limitations and, even with mobility equipment, there are places a Scout cannot go unless access provisions are made in advance.  There are many activities that a Scout... Continue Reading →

New Scout Orientation and Beyond

New Scout Orientations are meetings held by Scoutmasters or Cubmasters with their groups of new Scouts. The meetings let Scouts and parents know what the ins and outs of their new Scouting unit entail. During the orientation, the leadership may discuss the frequency of meetings, the intent of activities, the rank requirement sequences, the outing... Continue Reading →

Mental Health First Aid

Within the Scouting program, we have all heard about the First Aid merit badge, First Aid CPR classes, and First Aid competitive meets. Our kids learn about it beginning at a young age and then as they grow they are exposed to opportunities to practice it. Some of them like it so much they become... Continue Reading →

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