Adapting the COPE Challenge at Philmont

Last summer, Scouter Angela Glunt participated in the Philmont training course DIVERSEability and DisABILITY. Here are her experiences in adapting the COPE Challenge for people with disabiilities. Our class was approached by the COPE team and  asked if we would be willing to participate in the COPE Course in order to help develop strategies for... 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 →

The recent issue of Scouting  published a feature article on Scouting for youth with special needs (March-April 2017, vol 105, no 2). It is now available online. The article gives examples of working successfully with youth who have special needs and talks about BSA's resources and activities at the national level to support this work.

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