Special Needs Scouting
“Scouting helps by giving Scouts with disabilities an opportunity to prove to themselves and to others that they can do things – and difficult things too – for themselves.”
— Lord Baden Powell, Founder of the Scouting Movement
Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has included fully participating members with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. The BSA’s policy is to treat Scouts equally and with respect. The BSA strives to make accommodations in advancement if necessary. By adapting the environment and/or our instruction methods, Scouts with disabilities can be successful in Scouting.
The basic premise of Scouting for youth is full participation. Youth with disabilities are to be treated and respected like every other member of their unit. Scouts want to participate and Scouting provides that opportunity.
The Boy Scouts of America, Suffolk County Council Special Needs Scouting Committee, is committed to making Scouting accessible and enjoyable to all Scouts and Scouters.
- Empower volunteer leaders with knowledge and understanding of individuals with disabilities.
- Encourage unit leaders to actively promote the inclusion of youth with disabilities into Scouting units.
- Promote the growth and development of all Scouts and Scouters as a result of inclusion.
Special Needs Scouting Youth Awards
- Communicationg with Parents - Education Empathy and Equity - Power Point Presentation
- Able Scouts - Articles on Scouting with special needs and disabilities
- From The Committee
- National Website - Disabilities Awareness - Serving Scouts with Disabilities
- Help Youth with Special Needs get the most out of Scouting
- Advancement Flexibility
- Guide to Working with Scouts with Special Needs and Disabilities
The Special Needs Scouting Staff
|Benjamin Tallmadge||Stephanie Hance|
|Matinecock||Ariana Cusmano, Brian Morse, Lisa Fischetti Schlossberg|
|Sagtikos||Larry Campson, IIene Meister, Cherly Slatky|
|Trailblazzer||Michele Aleixo, Kimberly Koch, Bill Robinson|