Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers, or Sea Scouts who have disabilities may qualify for limited flexibility in advancement. Allowances that are possible in each program are outlined below. It does not necessarily matter if a youth is approved to be registered beyond the age of eligibility. Experience tells us those members whose parents are involved, or at least regularly consulted, progress the farthest.
Some units have also followed the example set by Individualized Education Plans and have established “individual Scout advancement plans” with the same benefits.
The following resources provide additional information about Scouts with disabilities.
- Abilities Digest Newsletter Archive
- Introduction to Working with Scouts with Special Needs and Disabilities, No. 510-071
- Torch of Gold Award, No. 512-945
- Woods Services Award, No. 512-258
- Special Needs Scouting Service Award
- Guide to Advancement, No. 33088, Section 10.0.0.0, “Advancement for Members With Special Needs”
- Individual Scout Advancement Plan, No. 512-936
- Request for Registration Beyond the Age of Eligibility, No. 512-935
- Application for Alternative Eagle Scout Rank Merit Badges, No. 512-730
Continuing education courses, Special Needs Scouting