WELCOMING NEW SCOUTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
When welcoming new scouts with special needs a little preparation is
needed to make it a success.
your research into the specific disability. Anticipate if and where the program
needs to be adapted or modified. Some resources:
GUIDE TO SPECIAL NEEDS CONDITIONS
– A simplified description of various disabilities with scouting program
recommendations for working with the scout.
MEETING GUIDE FOR CUB SCOUTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
a meeting with the scout family. Review the program, rules and expectations, and
ask questions. Recommended questions:
is his likes and dislikes?
there triggers that should be avoided?
their learning style? (Hear, See, Do)
there methods to deal with bad behaviors?
there any medical concerns?
announce or not to announce their disability? Scout and Parents choice!
are their abilities?
scout needs a waiver of age limits (if 11 or older for cub scouts), get proper
documentation from medical professional explaining condition and why age limits
should be waived.
teaching disabilities awareness to the pack or new boys den, especially if the
special needs are significant.
there are obvious concerns, start the scout into the regular program. He may
just be fine without any help or assistance.
an ISAP meeting if necessary.