Following are some general resources relating to Scouting and special needs. For information relating to specific needs and disabilities select the Resources by Disability menu option to the left.
RESOURCES FROM BSA
This page lists BSA’s current official documents that address special needs. Unfortunately, it is under reconstruction, and various resources previously listed are no longer referenced. BSA continues to carry some of those documents online, which may still provide some useful if no longer official guidance, e.g.,
Some BSA special needs publications are available in hard copy only:
They can also be ordered through:
BSA National Distribution Center
2109 Westinghouse Blvd.
PO Box 7143
Charlotte, NC 28241-7143
Handouts & Flyers fom the DAC Special Needs Team
Pack 237 Flyer
Pack 1777 Flyer
Advancement for Scouts with Special Needs
A Scout Named Joe
Disabilities Awareness MB
Disability is a Natural Characteristic
What To Do If You Are A Leader
Anecdotes Regarding Actual Special Needs Scouting Experiences
A Memorandum from the Child with Behavior Disorders
Videos About Special Needs at DAC
This video explores the many ways Denver Area Council reaches out to youths who have special needs.
Troop 5280 is the first transitional Boy Scout troop in the Denver metro area. It was formed in 2009 to provide special needs scouts between 10½ and 18-years-old with the basic foundation and knowledge of the traditional Boy Scout program.
Exposing Jack to Scouting was never part of a grand plan. Tim Ryan had very warm feelings for his time in the Scouts as a youth, but the years from the time he learned Jack was autistic (1994) until he started in Cub Scouts (2000) were a whirlwind of therapies and other efforts to address the autism that had become the central feature of their family’s lives.
Learn how a special needs Boy Scout with Down syndrome was included in Troop 767, Gateway District, Denver Area Council.
See how adults at Troop 5280 interact with their youths.
For the college bound: