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 Rules to Register Beyond Age 18

There have been national changes to the policy for everyone age 18 or older who participate as members of a Scouting or Venturing unit. All participants age 18 or older must fill out the adult application and agree to a criminal background check. They must also take Youth Protection Training unless they receive a special... Continue Reading →

Advancement help may be right down the street

Observations by Warren Wenner, CNP, Chair, National Special Needs and Disabilities Committee One of the most common questions the National Special Needs and Disabilities Committee receives from leaders and parents is where do I go for help with advancement for my Special Needs Scout. Well, the best answer may be right down the street at... Continue Reading →

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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 →

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 →

Merit Badges and Scouts with Disabilities

"Scout Jay has serious vision impairment, but he's really excited about the Astronomy Merit Badge. Can he earn it?" Substitute any merit badge for "Astronomy" and you have a common but tricky question. The answer lies in the exact written requirements. Scout Jay must meet the requirements exactly as written, no more and no less. If... Continue Reading →

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