2021 National Outdoor Conference

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The National Outdoor Conference is Scouting’s bienneal event focusing on outdoor programs for youth. It takes place virtually this year during November 5-6. Visit the conference web page for further information and registration.

Below we highlight two sessions hosted by volunteers in the BSA’s National Special Needs and Disabilities Committee (NSNDC).

Preparing Medical Staff for Special Needs Scouting

This elective, led by a licensed medical professional from the NSNDC, will provide specific action items to address concerns regarding Special Needs Scouting and best practices to welcome participants to camping programs.  Takeaways will include:

  • Guidance on preparing camp medical staff for the shift in trends of care required at camps,
  • A review of the elements of safe medication management,
  • Importance of the provisions of sensory friendly spaces, and
  • How to collaborate with council committee champions for special needs to ensure a safe, and inclusive Scouting experience while at camp

Special Needs Scouting and the Water

This elective illustrates how to work with Scouts with special needs or disabilities in and on the water. It includes a discussion of helpful tips and techniques to get through swim test anxieties, phobias or other barriers to success in the water. Additional discussion covers adaptive equipment to make aquatic programs accessible to all Scouts.