Abilities Digest Archives

Here are issues from 2017 (Volume 4) to present.

Volume 7 – 2020

1. Late Winter 2020

  • Adapting Activities: Tranquility Base: a safe space; Philmont’s Zia Experience for youth with special needs this summer.
  • Enhancing Awareness: Training conference at Philmont this summer.
  • Adapting Advancement: Changes to youth registration beyond the age of eligibility; Youth Protection Training exemptions for mental disabilities.
  • Recognizing Abilities: Presenting the Torch of Gold Award.

2. Spring 2020

  • 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 Abilities: Rich Gambrill honored with 2020 Woods Services Award.
  • Adapting Advancement: Being prepared for physical disabilities; advancement with physical disabilities.

3. Summer 2020

  • Adapting Advancement: Joining conferences for new Scouts; saying good-bye to board of review anxiety.
  • Enhancing Awareness: The experience of blindness.
  • Adapting Activities: Choosing a unit for a Scout with special needs; Responses when a unit leader rejects a proposed accommodation.
  • Awareness Events: Staffing opportunities for Disabilities Awareness Challenges at the upcoming National Scout Jamboree.
  • Recognizing Abilities: The Special Needs Scouting Service Award.
  • 2021 Philmont summer events.

Volume 6 – 2019

1. Spring 2019

  • 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 Scouting.
  • Recognizing Abilities: Scouters recognized this year for service to Scouting with special needs and disabilities.
  • Adapting Advancement: Perspectives on comparable challenges and expectations in advancement.
  • Helpful Links: Accessing Disabilities Awareness materials.

2. Winter 2019

  • Welcome our new National Committee Chair, Warren Wenner.
  • Awareness Events: Training opportunities at Seabase this winter and Philmont this spring; Philmont offers a new experience for Scouts with special needs.
  • Recognizing Abilities: Dori Hammer receives the Woods Services Award.
  • Advancement help may be right down the street.
  • Adapting Activities: Special Needs at the World Scout Jamboree last summer; “Wizard Academy” hosted by Three Fires Council, Troops for the deaf and blind in Palmetto Council.

Volume 5 – 2018

1. Winter 2018

  • Adapting Activities: Food sensitivities as a special need; Summer camp prep for Scouts with special needs.Enhancing Awareness: Updating the Guide to Disabilities Awareness.
  • Recognizing Abilities: Include the Torch of Gold in your spring council recognitions; a new medal and knot device are available for the Special Needs Scouting Service Award.
  • Awareness Events: Bilingual Wood Badge train-ing in American Sign Language and English; Disabilities Awareness at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree.

2. Spring 2018

  • Adapting Activities: Food allergies as a special need; Jamboree Joe: the power of the Can-Do attitude.
  • Awareness Events: Philmont training: DIVERSEability and DisABILITY – How to apply proper methods in Scouting with Special Needs.
  • Adapting Advancement: Registering qualified
  • members beyond the age of eligibility; Merit badges and Scouts with disabilities.
  • Recognizing Abilities: How Scouts with Down syndrome earn Eagle; Stephen Marriott, advocate for Scouting with disabilities.

3. Summer 2018

  • Recognizing Abilities: Eagle Project of the Year is a fully accessible musical playground. Mary Lynne Capen receives the 2018 Woods Services Award. Nominations for the 2019 Woods Services Award are due December 31, 2018.
  • Adapting Advancement: Council advancement committees need special needs representation.
  • Enhancing Awareness: A survey tool to count the number of Scouts with special needs in your council. Considering parents with bipolar disorder as potential unit leaders. Resource lists from the committee’s Resources Task Force.

4. Fall 2018

  • Adapting Activities: DisAbility adaptations for the COPE Challenge and course experience at the Phil-mont 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 Services Award are due December 31; Earning the Special Needs Scouting Service Award.

Volume 4 – 2017

1. Spring 2017

  • Adapting Activities: Ensuring a great summer camp experience for Scouts with special needs.
  • Awareness Events: The disAbilities Awareness Challenge at the 2017 National Jamboree, and the Philmont 2017 conference on growing your Scouts with disabilities membership and resources.
  • Enhancing Awareness: Hints on establishing a council disabilities awareness committee, an inspiring reading to use in adult leader training.
  • Adapting Advancement: Guidelines for adapt-ing the new Cub Scout requirements, standards and procedures for extending work on Eagle Scout requirements past age 18.
  • Recognizing Abilities: The Special Needs Scouting Service Award square knot is now available.
  • Helpful Links: Accessing Disabilities Awareness Materials

2. Fall 2017

  • Recognizing Abilities: The 2017 Woods Services Award was presented to Ralph N. Rehbock of the Northeast Illinois Council. Be sure to submit nominations for the annual Torch of Gold and Woods Services Awards.
  • Adapting Activities: First steps in accommodating Scouts with special needs; sign language for Scouting events.
  • Enhancing Awareness: Importance of using proper words when leading Scouts with special needs; behavior contracts and individualized advancement plans; video portrays autism to young people.
  • Adapting Advancement: Meeting advancement requirements “with no exceptions,” a handy table summarizing advancement adaptations, and special needs on the trail to Eagle.
  • Awareness Events: Special needs and disabilities at the 2017 National Jamboree: one Scouter’s experience and a glimpse at the disAbilities Awareness Challenge.
  • Helpful Links: Accessing Disabilities Awareness materials.

Volume 3 – 2016 and before

Here is a link to the BSA’s own archive of Abilities Digest back issues. These date back to Volume 1, #1.

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