Scouts with Disabilities


Our mission is to provide individuals with special needs opportunities to participate to the best of their abilities in an all-inclusive Scouting Program offered by the Boy Scouts of America.

Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has included fully participating members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. James E. West, the first Chief Scout Executive, was a person with a disability. The BSA's policy is to treat members with disabilities as much like other members as possible, and keep youth in the mainstream of Scouting. It has been traditional however, to make some accommodations in advancement if absolutely necessary, and to create non-tradition units for those with severe disabilities. By adapting the environment and/or our instruction methods, most Scouts with disabilities can be successful in Scouting.

The basic premise of Scouting for youth with disabilities is full participation. Youth with disabilities can be treated and respected like every other member of their unit They want to participate like other youth- and Scouting provides that opportunity.

"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

Websites to visit:
Disabilities Awareness National Website -
Autism Empowerment -
Abilities Digest -

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