GENERAL EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUES
are unique individuals and need to be treated that way. While my general
recommendations and grouping of special needs conditions are helpful, you must
always consider the specific scout(s) you are working with and tailor the
activity to their specific needs while maintaining a fun and challenging
to Know the Scout - The best way to know what the scout is capable of is to get
to know the scout.
Flexible - Keep your program flexible. Be able to change it on the fly if
needed. Have back up plans.
First – Always treat a scout as a person first.
Your Best – It’s the Cub Scout Motto and the rule for Cub Scout achievement.
The scout should always do his best. And his best is different from everyone
assume that a scout can’t. Sometimes they don’t even know what they can do.
the scout like every other scout – Follow the same rules.
the scout a buddy – Den Chiefs are great as buddies for special needs scout
with the right training.
– Electives are not required, so can be freely changed to other electives
Choice - There is no reason you can run 2 activities/electives at the same time
and allow boys to choose which they want to do. This will allow you to do the
activity that may not work for the scout with special needs with some of the
other boys. Make sure the activities are balanced in their fun level.
an ISAP (Individual Scout Advancement Plan)
not diagnose a disability, and then assign a standard plan. Focus on each
symptom, evaluate if adaptions or modifications are needed and make them.
have scouts with disabilities or not you probably have scouts moves at a
different speed. One of the biggest causes of problems within a den is dead
time or boredom. When a scout completes his task before the others he gets
bored waiting. That is when disruptions usually happen.
ANECDOTE! I was on a campout with the cubs when there wasn’t much planned for
them to do. Well… boys will make their own activity. By the end of the day, a
few boys had wandered off (and were found), some found a yellow jacket nest
(the hard way), and there were many bumps, bruises, cuts, and tears.
defense is to have multilevel activities or filler activities within your plan.
on pin achievements while the rest complete the belt loop work.
a long term project that they can go and work on in bits and pieces.
any activity into parts; minimum requirements, normal requirements, extra
work great with scouts with special needs, allowing them to continue to
challenge themselves, but not requiring it. This keeps interest up and