Swimming Deferments for Advancement

This article appeared in the Winter 2020 issue of Abilities Digest. For many leaders there has always been concern when working on advancement with Scouts with special needs in aquatics. Commonly we find these Scouts terrified of water and unable to complete the swim tests at camp or the swimming merit badge itself. For whatever... 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.┬áScout Jay must meet the requirements exactly as written, no more and no less. If... Continue Reading →

Helping Scouts on the Trail to Eagle

Communication and Creativity are the Keys to Helping Scouts with Special Needs Advance Along the Trail to Eagle The Advancement program is meant to be challenging for every Scout. Those challenges can become even larger for Scouts with special needs. Since the Guide to Advancement clearly states that all requirements have to be met, communication... Continue Reading →

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