ABOUT THE CREATOR OF SPECIALCUBS.ORG
My name is
Christian and I am the creator of specialcubs.org. I am the father of 4 boys
and 1 girl. 2 of my sons have special needs, one with ADD and the other
with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. I live in the Pottstown, PA area. So I
am familiar with what many parents of boys with special needs go through.
When I was
younger I was a scout and my boys have also joined scouting. One is currently a
boy scout and 2 are cubs and they all love it. I have been a cub scout leader
for over 8 years. I have been den leader for each level, committee chair, and
am currently pack trainer. 2 years ago I started a special needs program within
my pack to prepare the leaders and actively welcome special needs boys into our
pack. I have taught courses on special needs in scouting at the district level
and at the University of Scouting. I have also acted as an unofficial special
need contact for my district, talking with parents of boys with special needs
and getting them linked up with a local unit.
In 2010 I
attended Wood Badge training (one of the best experiences of my life)
and based all of my tickets (projects) on Special Needs in Cub Scouting. All of
that work has gone into this website so I can share it with the scouting
this website after finding that there was a lack of information and knowledge
about how to work with scouts with special needs, especially for Cub Scouting.
There were a number of people who have worked on it, but no easy place to get
to it. I had to dig deep to find the resources, literature, policies, etc. So I
have compiled as much of the information that I have found and added my own
work to it to provide a single point resource for Cub Scout leaders and their
families. I feel that scouting has been one of the best things to help my son
with autism. Through scouting he has developed his social skills and abilities.
He has achieved, shows pride, loves the program, and the pack openly accepts
him as just another one of the cubs.
Council – Cradle of
District – Continental
(Cub Scout Roundtable Instructor)
Pack – 36 Gilbertsville
Pennsylvania (Currently Pack Trainer)
Wood Badge Course NE-V 138
- Bear Patrol