WORKING WITH CUBS WITH
Working with Cub Scouts with special
needs is not much different than working with most cubs. Each cub has his own
abilities and disabilities, personalities, and likes and dislikes. So making a
plan that works best for all can be a challenge. When adding a scout with
special needs you just need to consider a little bit more than usual. The biggest
hurdle is understanding what the boy’s special needs are and how to adapt the
program to help him succeed.
Remember, every boy is different, with
or without special needs, so get to know him first.
SCARED? NERVOUS? ...DON’T BE!
Cub scouting is already a good and
flexible program to accommodate most scouts. Most likely very little modification, if any, will be needed for
the scout to have a good time and be successful. New scouts are nervous enough
already. And if they have special needs, their parents are even more nervous.
- Don’t totally rewrite your plans and
make everything revolve around the scout with special needs. Keep any
- Don’t play it safe when it comes to
fun and challenges in your program. Safe is boring. (Safety is different and is
- The best advice I can give is to Be
Patient, Be Calm, and Have Fun. As a leader you can only be expected to Do Your
WANT MORE SPECIFICS?
The next few pages have information
specific to situations and disabilities:
My downloads have
even more specifics (bigger than I could put into this website). So don’t
forget to go to my Downloads page.