Scouts with DisABILITIES. Alternate Advancement Requirements. Cherokee District NE Georgia Council. Perspective . Quality of Life. of a youth with a disability. The power of belonging. Character Development To build self-reliance, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-respect
Alternate Advancement Requirements
NE Georgia Council
Quality of Life
of a youth with a disability
The power of belonging
To build self-reliance, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-respect
To foster love of community, country and world, along with a commitment of service to others and an understanding of democratic principles.
To develop social, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual fitness and physical health that will stay with a Scout for the rest of his life.
It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people, and in other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are found in the Boy Scout Oath and Law.Mission Aims
Scouting is A Values Based Program
Scouting is for all boys……
Clause 20, Article XI, Section 32
Scouting has had fully participating members with physical, mental and emotional disabilities since it’s founding in 1910
The first Chief Scout Executive, James E. West, had a disability
Building confidence through measurement
On my Honor….
….I will do MY BEST
Spinal cord injuries
Traumatic brain injury
Visual impairmentWhat is a Disability?
How we react to a person with disabilities
Over protective parents
Activities in which the Scout can not participate
Individualized Game Plans
A Scoutmaster’s Guide to Working with Scouts with DisABILITIES
Scouting for Youth with Physical Disabilities (WW33057B)
Scouting for Youth with Emotional Disabilities (WW32998A)
Scouting for the Learning Disabled (WW33065A)
Scouting for the Hearing Impaired (WW33061A)
Scouting for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WW33063A)
Handbooks in Braille and on cassette
Closed caption videotapes
Merit badge books on cassette
Special Needs Library of Northeast Georgia
Athens-Clarke County Regional Library
Membership beyond the normal age
Determined at unit level
Approved at Council level
Personal Health and Medical Record Form
Advancement requirements should not be watered down or eliminated for boys with disabilities
The standard for every boy is “Has he done his best?”
May be given permission by the Cubmaster and Pack committee to substitute electives for a few of the achievement requirements that are beyond his capabilities.
It is best to include the parents in this process of determining substitutions since they are most familiar with their son’s abilities.
May be achieved by a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or qualified* Venturer who has a physical or mental disability by qualifying for alternate merit badges.
This does not apply to individual requirements for merit badges. Merit badges are awarded only when all requirements are met as stated.
*must have achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout.
The candidate must earn as many of the required merit badges as his ability permits before applying for an alternate Eagle Scout merit badge.
The candidate must complete as many of the requirements of the required merit badges as his ability permits
The Application for Alternate Eagle Scout Merit Badges must be completed prior to qualifying for alternate merit badges.
The alternate merit badges chosen must be of such a nature that they are as demanding of effort as the required merit badges.
When alternates chosen involve physical activity, they must be approved by the physician.
The unit leader and the board of review must explain that to attain the Eagle Scout rank a candidate is expected to do his best in developing himself to the limit of his resources.
The application must be approved by the council committee responsible for advancement, utilizing the expertise of professional persons involved in Scouting for the disabled.
The candidate's application for Eagle must be made on the Eagle Scout Rank Application, with the Application for Alternate Eagle Scout Award Merit Badges attached.
Varsity Scouts follow the same advancement policies as Boy Scouts
Alternate requirements for Venturing/Sea Scout advancement can be determined at the unit level
Charles Holmes & Brad Harris, BSA National
Can earn Eagle if they earned First Class in a Boy Scout or Varsity unit
Alternate merit badge requirements used for Boy Scouts apply
Scouting is for all boys……