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.


Committee Aims

  • 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.




  Local Units

  • Pack 48 - Holbrook Contact
  • Post 0235 - Sayville
  • Post 1501 - Islandia


Other Resources

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


File Name Description
Scouting with Special Needs and Disabiliities Download
Special Needs Pamphlet Back Download
Special Needs Pamphlet Front Download