Winter 2019 Abilities Digest

We have just completed the Winter 2019 issue of Abilities Digest. It will be distributed to the email list shortly. abd-v06n2r5Download Here is a summary of the contents: Welcome our new National Committee Chair, Warren Wenner.Training opportunities at Seabase this winter and Philmont this spring.Philmont offers a new experience for Scouts with special needs.Dori Hammer... Continue Reading →

Notes from Jamboree Participants

The Communications and Inclusion activity at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree collected hundreds of written comments from participants all over the world. Volunteer Jennifer Allred has curated this collection and is posting them - with English translations as needed - to the "Unlock a New World through Inclusion" Facebook page. The comments provide a truly... Continue Reading →

Seabase Training Opportunity: Jan 12-18

[If you have trouble retrieving the registration form, click here for an unofficial copy.] Title: DIVERSEability and DisABILITY: How to Develop and Grow Scouting With Special Needs in Your Council This course is for volunteer Scouters, professionals, chartered organization leadership, school district personnel, and parents who have a passion for helping youth with disabilities become... Continue Reading →

The Zia Experience: July 26-Aug 1, 2020 at Philmont Training Center. This is to be a Philmont experience for Scouting youth at all levels of functioning and abilities. Here is a flier: the-zia-experience-flierDownload

Spring 2019 Issue of Abilities Digest

Volume 6, no. 1, of Abilities Digest is now available. Here is a summary of the contents:   Adapting Activities: The Chief Scout Executive speaks on Scouting with disabilities and special needs; summer activities for Scouts with special needs. Enhancing Awareness: Revised Special Needs and Disabilities Introduction now available; Philmont training program on special needs... Continue Reading →

Perspective: Achievable Challenge

Alternative advancement requirements bring the challenge within the capability of the Scout, but the Scout must still have the desire and willpower to meet the challenge. No Scout is asked to attempt an advancement challenge beyond his or her capability, if that capability can be objectively determined. A Scout is never set up for failure,... Continue Reading →

Disability Adaptations at Philmont Training Center

The COPE course was not the only focus of disability adaptations at Philmont Training Center last summer. Instructors and participants in the DIVERSEability and DisABILITY training course experienced several other adaptations. Long-time PTC instructor Scott Hellen (on left) was pleased to find the classrooms already prepared for individuals in wheelchairs. In a previous summer the PTC... Continue Reading →

Perspective: Advancement is a Method not a Mission

National Committee member Roger Tate has produced a series of “Perspectives” on advancement that will appear in this and upcoming copies of Abilities Digest. The mission of the BSA is to prepare young people to make ethical choices throughout their lifetime. Advancement is one of several methods for promoting the mission.  There are many wonderful Scouts... Continue Reading →

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