Scouts With Disabilities

SCOUTS WITH DISABILITIES
PROCEDURES FOR DESIGNATION AND ALTERNATIVE REQUIREMENTS
CHECKLIST
(For detailed instructions see Section 10 “Advancement for Members With Special Needs” in the latest Guide to Advancement)

Registering Scouts Beyond the Age of Eligibility

Scouts with a disability so severe that development is expected to be “less than the upper limit of an eligibility age”.

The Scout Leader and parents must compile a request packet that includes:

1. Detailed letter from parent(s) describing disability.
2. Proof of current membership.
3. BSA Health and Medical Record Form.
4,. Current detailed, signed medical professional evaluation and prognosis.
5. Letter from unit leader.  (The letter should not only be in support of the youth’s
eligibility but also a statement indicating whether the purpose of the request is for
advancement or participation.)
6. Education/Treatment Plan Report from School (optional).

The packet is delivered to the Council Office Advancement Registrar who forwards the request to the Council Disabilities Review Committee.  The Council Disabilities Review Committee makes a recommendation to the Council Chief Scout Executive or his designate, who officially notifies the Scout Leader and parent(s) of the decision.

Approval of Alternative Requirements for Tenderfoot, Second, and First Class

Scouts with moderate permanent disabilities or temporary disabilities lasting longer than two years or beyond the Scout’s eighteenth birthday may apply for alternative requirements for Tenderfoot, Second, and First Class only.   Only after the Scout has completed all of the requirements he is capable of does the Scout leader submit a formal request for alternative requirements.  The request must contain the five (5) items listed above.  The request is submitted to the Council Office Advancement Registrar who forwards the request to the Council Disabilities Review Committee who submits a recommendation to the Council Chief Executive.

Alternative Merit Badges for Eagle Scout Rank

Merit Badge requirements can not be changed and must be fully completed to earn the badge.  Scouts with moderate permanent disabilities or temporary disabilities lasting longer than two years or beyond their eighteenth birthday may apply for Alternative Merit Badges for Eagle Scout rank.  The process is the same as that described above for Alternative Requirements.  The Scout must first complete all required merit badges he is capable to accomplish.  At that point an Application for Alternate Scout Merit Badges is completed and, along with the five items required above is completed and sent to the Scout Office.    Note: the Application does suggest possible alternatives for some required merit badges.  Please carefully review the requirements for the merit badge to be substituted with the youth, his parents and if necessary his physician to be sure the substitute suggested is attainable for the youth.

Council Disabilities Review Committee

The Council Disabilities Committee is a separate Committee from the Council Advancement Committee and, in conjunction with the Council Chief Executive, has the sole authority to make the determinations as to members beyond the age of eligibility, and approval of alternative requirements and alternative merit badges.

If a Scout has a problem such as ADD or ADHD, for example, which may slow but does not prevent a Scout from completing standard requirements then there is no need to make a disability request.  But where there is a disability that requires deviation form existing standards, it is essential for the Unit and parents of the youth to make a timely application for review by the Council Disabilities Review Committee.

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