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 inspiring glimpse into the youth today who will be adults of tomorrow.
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 involved in and benefit from all that Scouting has to offer.
- Find out how to start or strengthen a disabilities awareness committee within your council.
- Learn about proper procedures, modifications, resources, and supports that can help Scouts with special needs experience the outing in Scouting.
- Develop a plan to partner with local agencies, organizations, and schools to start new units and recruit youth with special needs..
- Feel empowered to make a difference in the lives of others.
Registration fees: $495 per conference participant
$350 per non-conference-attending spouse
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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 Scouting.
- Recognizing Abilities: Scouters recognized this year for service to Scouting with special needs and disabilities.
- Adapting Advancement: Perspectives on comparable challenges and expectations in advancement.
- Helpful Links: Accessing Disabilities Awareness materials.
The national office has released a slightly revised version of the “Introduction to Working With Scouts with Special Needs and Disabilities,” item #510-071. It is now available on this web site and should also be available from the Disabilities page of Scouting.org.
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, but a Scout should expect to be challenged and leaders should prepare Scouts to be challenged and encourage them to overcome.
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 staff had produced wood blocks to raise table heights to better fit wheelchairs and the blocks were already installed when the course staff arrived. New picnic tables better accommodated people in wheelchairs as well as others with mobility problems.