Abilities Digest Spring 2021 Issue

Here is Abilities Digest Volume 8, number 1 for Spring 2021. Here is a summary of the contents: Adapting Activities: Preparing for summer camp; parents and youth with special needs sharing tents; waterfront and boating accessibility.Adapting Advancement: The ISAP and the IEP.Awareness Events: Membership and unit growth roundtable for special needs and disabilities; training events... Continue Reading →

Abilities Digest Fall 2020 Issue

Here is Abilities Digest Volume 7, number 4 for Fall 2020. Here is a summary of the contents: Adapting Advancement: Swimming deferments for advancement; Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge.Adapting Activities: Managing behavior in an active den; Philmont offers the Zia Experience.Enhancing Awareness: National training events in 2021; the Inclusion Toolbox is coming soon.Recognizing Abilities: Your fellow... Continue Reading →

Abilities Digest, Spring 2020

Here is the Spring 2020 edition of Abilities Digest (volume 7, no. 2). Contents include: • Enhancing Awareness: Q&A on COVID-19 and special needs Scouting; mental health first aid.• Awareness Events: Adaptive Special Needs conference still open for registration this summer; Zia Experience delayed until summer 2021.• Adapting Activities: New Scout Orientations and beyond.• Recognizing... Continue Reading →

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This site contains articles written for Abilities Digest, the quarterly publication of the National Special Needs and Disabilities Committee of the Boy Scouts of America.

Abilities Digest – Late Winter 2020

This is the first issue of Abilities Digest for 2020: the "late winter" edition. Abilities Digest V7 n1Download Here is a summary of the contents: Adapting Activities: Tranquility Base: a safe space; Philmont’s Zia Experience for youth with special needs this summerEnhancing Awareness: Training conference at Philmont this summer.Adapting Advancement: Changes to youth registration beyond... Continue Reading →

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 →

2014-18 Archive: Abilities Digest

Older links in this archive were transferred from Scouting.org as they embark on a major web site reorganization. Links will break as the site evolves; we will update these links to point to the appropriate files. Volume 5 - 2018 1. Winter 2018 Adapting Activities: Food sensitivities as a special need; Summer camp prep for... Continue Reading →

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 →

Abilities Digest: Late Fall Edition

Here is Volume 5, Number 4 of Abilities Digest. Highlights include: Adapting Activities: DisAbility adaptations for the COPE Challenge and course experience at the Philmont Training Center. Adapting Advancement: Perspectives on advancement as a method, not a mission, and on achievable challenges. Recognizing Abilities: Every council may present a Torch of Gold Award annually; Nominations for the 2019 Woods... Continue Reading →

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