The following was reported by Sherry Herzog, a Three Fires volunteer and the Chair of Education and Training for the National Disabilities Awareness Subcommittee Scouts and Scouters of the Three Fires Council hosted a “Wizard’s Academy” in Aurora, IL, last May with the theme “The Magic of Seeing the Ability not the Disability.” We partnered... Continue Reading →
Last year we announced our new committee name: the National Special Needs and Disabilities Committee (NSNDC). We also welcomed Warren Wenner as the new chair for the NSNDC. Warren took over from Tony Mei at the 2019 BSA National Annual Meeting. Warren served 34 years as a professional Scouter and has served on both our... Continue Reading →
Scouters in Australia and New Zealand are collecting information to aid Scouts with neurological conditions like ADHD, autism, and others that impact their Scouting experience: https://neurodiversescouts.com.
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 →
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 →
[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 →
UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zia Experience has been rescheduled to the summer of 2021. 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
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 →
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,... Continue Reading →