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 under Additional Resources.
Bookmark this page which points to BSA’s online special needs documents. A good place to start for Boy Scouts is Guide to Working with Scouts with Special Needs and DisABILITIES. The Scouting for Youth with Disabilities Manual provides more detailed advice on specific disabilities and is applicable to all BSA programs. The Guide to Advancement is where to go for advancement guidelines and policy.
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
See how Denver Area Council serves special needs in the following videos:
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 the adult leaders of Troop 5280 interact with their youths.
Handouts and Flyers from the DAC Special Needs Team
Guide to Working with Scouts with Special Needs and DisABILITIES
For the college bound: