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== Advancement for Youth Members with Special Needs ==
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[[Advancement for Cub Scouts with Disabilities|Cub Scouts]], [[Advancement for Boy Scouts with Disabilities|Boy Scouts]], <br> and [[Advancement for Venturers with Disabilities|Venturers]] including [[Alternate Requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Ranks|Alternate Requirements for Boy Scouts]].</big></center>{{Boy Scout Advancement Header}}{{Shortcut|[[Special Needs]]}}
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The following are the guidelines for membership and advancement in Scouting for persons having disabilities or other special needs.
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== Advancement for Youth Members With Special Needs ==
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(Quoted from: [[Advancement Policies]] #33088, p. 39)
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The American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) provides the following definition of an individual with a disability:
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''The following are the guidelines for membership and advancement in Scouting for persons having disabilities or other special needs.
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:"An individual is considered to have a 'disability' if s/he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (e.g., . . . seeing hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, learning, caring for oneself, and working), has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.
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''The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) provides the following definition of an individual with a disability:
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:"An individual with epilepsy, paralysis, HIV infection, AIDS, a substantial hearing or visual impairment, mental retardation, or a specific learning disability, is covered, but an individual with a minor, nonchronic condition of short duration, such as a sprain, broken limb, or the flu would not be covered by the ADA.
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''"An individual is considered to have a 'disability' if s/he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (e.g.,...seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, learning, caring for oneself, and working), has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.
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:"The ADA definition protects individuals with a record of a disability and would cover, for example, a person who has recovered from cancer or mental illness.
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''"An individual with epilepsy, paralysis, HIV infection, AIDS, a substantial hearing or visual impairment, mental retardation, or a specific learning disability, is covered, but an individual with a minor, nonchronic condition of short duration, such as a sprain, broken limb, or the flu would not be covered by the ADA.
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:"And the ADA protects individuals who are regarded as having a substantially limiting impairment, even though they may not have such an impairment. For example . . . a qualified individual with a severe facial disfigurement is protected from being denied employment because an employer feared the 'negative reactions' of customers or coworkers."
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''"The ADA definition protects individuals with a record of a disability and would cover, for example, a person who has recovered from cancer or mental illness.
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''"And the ADA protects individuals who are regarded as having a substantially limiting impairment, even though they may not have such an impairment. For example . . . a qualified individual with a severe facial disfigurement is protected from being denied employment because an employer feared the 'negative reactions' of customers or co-workers."
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''The Department of Education identifies a severely handicapped child as one who, because of the intensity of his physical, mental, or emotional problems, or a combination of such problems, needs education, social, psychological, and medical services beyond those that have been offered by traditional regular and special educational programs, in order to maximize his full potential for useful and meaningful participation in society and for self-fulfillment. Such children include those classified as seriously emotionally disturbed or profoundly and severely mentally retarded, and those with two or more serious handicapping conditions, such as the mentally retarded blind, and the cerebral-palsied deaf.
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The Department of Education identifies a severely handicapped child as one who, because of the intensity of his physical, mental, or emotional problems, or a combination of such problems, needs education, social, psychological, and medical services beyond those that have been offered by traditional regular and special educational programs, in order to maximize his full potential for useful and meaningful participation in society and for self-fulfillment. Such children include those classified as seriously emotionally disturbed or profoundly and severely mentally retarded, and those with two or more serious handicapping conditions, such as the mentally retarded blind, and the cerebral-palsied deaf.
 
== Membership ==
== Membership ==
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(Quoted from: [[Advancement Policies]] #33088, p. 40)
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The chartered organizations using Scouting determine, with approval from appropriate medical authorities, whether a youth member is qualified to register (based on the above definitions) beyond the normal registration age. The Cubmaster's signature on the Cub Scout application, the Scoutmaster's signature on the Boy Scout application, the Varsity Scout Coach's signature on the Varsity Scout application, the Advisor's or Skipper's signature on the Venturing application, or on the unit's charter renewal application certify the approval of the chartered organization for the person to register. The local council must approve these registrations on an individual basis.
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''"The [[chartered organization]]s using Scouting determine, with approval of appropriate medical authorities, whether a youth member is qualified to register (based on the above definitions) beyond the normal registration age. The unit leader's signature on the [[youth application]], No. 28-406, which includes all programs for [[Cub Scouting]], [[Boy Scouting]], [[Varsity Scouting]], and [[Venturing]], or on the unit’s charter renewal application certifies the approval of the [[chartered organization]] for the person to register. The [[local council]] must approve these registrations on an individual basis.
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The medical condition of all candidates for membership beyond the normal registration age must be certified by a physician licensed to practice medicine, or an evaluation statement must be certified by an educational administrator. Use the Personal Health and Medical Record Form. Any corrective measures, restrictions, limitations, or abnormalities must be noted. In the case of mentally retarded or emotionally disturbed candidates for membership, their condition must be certified by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. Current health, medical, or certification records of all youth members beyond the normal registration age who have disabilities are to be retained in the unit file at the council service center.
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''"The medical condition of all candidates for membership beyond the normal registration age must be certified by a physician licensed to practice medicine, or an evaluation statement must be certified by an educational administrator. Use the [[Medical Record Form|Personal Health and Medical Record Form]]. Any corrective measures, restrictions, limitations, or abnormalities must be noted. In the case of mentally retarded or emotionally disturbed candidates for membership, their condition must be certified by a statement signed by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. Current health, medical, or certification records of all youth members beyond the normal registration age who have disabilities are to be retained in the unit file at the council service center.
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== Boy Scout Advancement ==
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''"These procedures should be followed whether the member has been previously registered or is registering for the first time.
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All current requirements for an advancement award (ranks, merit badges, or Eagle Palms) must be actually met by the candidate. There are no substitutions or alternatives permitted except those which are specifically stated in the requirements as set forth in the current official literature of the Boy Scouts of America. Requests can be made for alternate rank requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class using the information outlined in this chapter. No council, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or to subtract from, any advancement requirements. The Scout is expected to meet the requirements as stated -- no more and no less. Furthermore, he is to do exactly what is stated. If it says, "show or demonstrate," that is what he must do. Just telling about it isn't enough. The same thing holds true for such words as "make," "list," "in the field," and "collect, identify, and label."
 
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'''Alternate Requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Ranks.''' A Scout who is unable to complete any or all of the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank because he is physically or mentally disabled may complete alternative requirements if the following criteria are met:
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==Advancement for Cub Scouts with Disabilities==
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{{shortcut|[[Advancement for Cub Scouts with Disabilities]]}}(Quoted from: [[Advancement Policies]] #33088, p. 40)
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:1. The physical or mental disability must be of a permanent rather than a temporary nature.
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''"The [[Cub Scout Advancement|advancement program]] is so flexible that, with guidance, most boys can do the skills. It might take longer for a disabled boy to earn his awards, but he will appreciate them more by knowing he has made the effort. The standard for every boy is "Has he done his best?"
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:2. A clear and concise medical statement concerning the Scout's disabilities must be submitted by a physician licensed to practice medicine. In the alternative, an evaluation statement certified by an educational administrator may be submitted. The medical statement must state the doctor's opinion that the Scout cannot complete the requirement(s) because of a permanent disability.
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:3. The Scout, his parents, or leaders must submit to the council advancement committee, a written request that the Scout be allowed to complete alternative requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank. The request must explain the suggested alternate requirements in sufficient detail so as to allow the advancement committee to make a decision. The request must also include the medical statement required in paragraph two above. The written request for alternate requirements must be submitted to and approved by the local council prior to completing alternate requirements.
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:4. The Scout must complete as many of the regular requirements as his ability permits before applying for alternate requirements.
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:5. The alternate requirements must be of such a nature that they are as demanding of effort as the regular requirements.
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:6. When alternate requirements involve physical activity, they must be approved by the physician.
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:7. The unit leader and any board of review must explain that to attain Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank a candidate is expected to do his best in developing himself to the limit of his resources.
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:8. The written request must be approved by the council advancement committee, utilizing the expertise of professional persons involved in Scouting for disabled youth. The decision of the council advancement committee should be recorded and delivered to the Scout and his leader.
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The council committee responsible for advancement must then secure approval of the council executive board. The Scout executive must attach a letter to the application indicating that the executive board has approved the application.
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''"A [[Cub Scout]] who is physically disabled may be given permission by the Cubmaster and pack committee to substitute electives for achievement requirements that are beyond his abilities. It is best to include parents in this process of determining substitutions since they are most familiar with their son’s abilities.
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The candidate's application for the award must be made on the Eagle Scout Rank Application or Quartermaster Award Application and recorded on the Advancement Report form.
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''"Immediate recognition of advancement is even more important for boys with disabilities. The [[Tiger Cub]] and [[Cub Scout]] Immediate Recognition Kits, the den doodle, and the Den Advancement Chart all help provide immediate recognition in den meetings as achievements and electives are completed. Remember that a month seems like a long time to a boy and that completing requirements for a badge might seem like forever to him. Be sure to give him periodic recognition at pack meetings when he earns a badge.
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In the application of these policies for Scouts with special needs, reasonable accommodation in the performance of requirements may be made. These may include things such as the extension of time, adaptation of facilities, or the use of equipment or necessary devices consistent with the known physical or mental limitations of the handicapped individual. It is urged that common sense be employed.
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''"While leaders must be enthusiastic about helping youngsters with disabilities, they must at the same time fully recognize the special demands that will be made on their patience, understanding, and skill in teaching advancement requirements.
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== Advancement for Boy Scouts with Disabilities ==
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{{shortcut|[[Advancement for Boy Scouts with Disabilities]]}}(Quoted from: [[Advancement Policies]] #33088, p. 40)
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''"All current rank requirements for an advancement award (ranks, [[merit badges]], or [[Eagle Palms]]) must actually be met by the candidate. There are no substitutions or alternatives permitted except those which are specifically stated in the requirements as set forth in the current official literature of the [[Boy Scouts of America]]. Requests can be made for alternate rank requirements for [[Tenderfoot]], [[Second Class]], and [[First Class]] using the information outlined in this chapter. No [[council]], district, [[unit]], or individual has the authority to add to, or to subtract from, any advancement requirements. The Scout is expected to meet the requirements as stated - no more and no less. Furthermore, he is to do exactly what is stated. If it says, "show or demonstrate," that is what he must do. Just telling about it isn't enough. The same thing holds true for such words as "make," "list," "in the field," and "collect, identify, and label."
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==Advancement for Venturers With Disabilities==
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{{shortcut|[[Advancement for Venturers with Disabilities]]}}(Quoted from: [[Advancement Policies]] #33088, p. 41)
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''"[[Venturing]] also features an advancement program. To provide a pathway to many different experiences, five [[Venturing Bronze]] awards are available, one each for the five emphases—Arts and Hobbies, Outdoor, Sports, Sea Scouting, and Religious Life. The Bronze awards are designed to give a young person experiences from many different paths. A youth can also earn the [[Venturing Gold Award]]. The Gold Award program requires outstanding performance in a broad spectrum of activities: citizenship, leadership, service to others, community/family, outdoor experience, and total fitness. It was developed to challenge and motivate young people over an extended period of time.
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''"The highest Venturing award is the [[Silver Award]]. The Silver Award requires proficiency in emergency preparedness, participation in ethics in action, and completion of the Venturing Leadership Skills Course. Gold and Silver awards also require a crew review that includes Venturers and adults.
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''"There are three advanced levels of recognition that Venturers can earn. The [[Ranger Award]] identifies a Venturer who is highly skilled in a variety of outdoor skills, trained in outdoor safety, and ready to lead or assist others. The [[Quest Award]] piques the interest of that Venturer who has motivation to address healthy living among Americans as well as promote fitness for all for life.
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''"The [[TRUST Award]] is for Venturers to learn more about themselves, their communities, and their religion and culture, as well as those of others. Working on this award, the Venturer will be required to share what they learn with others.
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''"In [[Sea Scouting]], the advancement track is from [[Apprentice]] to [[Ordinary]] to [[Able]]. The [[Quartermaster Award]] is the highest rank in Sea Scouting. Some Venturers who have been in Boy Scouts may wish to earn the [[Eagle Scout rank]]. If they have reached at least [[First Class rank]] in a [[troop]], Venturers can work toward Eagle by meeting the requirements as defined in the [[Boy Scout handbook]].
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''"For more information, see the Venturing Leader Manual and the Sea Scout Manual. They are both a wealth of how-to information and program ideas. They also include a dictionary-like reference guide of Venturing and Sea Scout terms, policies, awards, and program features.
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==Alternate Requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Ranks==
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:''See: [[Alternate Requirements for the First Three Ranks]]
== Alternate Merit Badges for the Eagle Scout Rank ==
== Alternate Merit Badges for the Eagle Scout Rank ==
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==Certification==
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(Quoted from: [[Advancement Policies]] #33088, p. 42)
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''Certification must be given by the appropriate [[local council]] committee responsible for advancement that each Eagle Scout candidate over the age of 18 and Venturing award candidate over the age of 21 has met the requirements as stated in the current official literature of the Boy Scouts of America. (A representative of the council advancement committee must be a member of the Eagle board of review.)
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:1. The Eagle Scout rank may be achieved by a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or qualified Venturer who has a physical or mental disability by qualifying for alternate merit badges. This does not apply to individual requirements for merit badges. Merit badges are awarded only when all requirements are met as stated.
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''The council committee responsible for advancement must then secure approval of the council executive board. The Scout executive must attach a letter to the application indicating that the executive board has approved the application.
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:2. The physical or mental disability must be of a permanent rather than a temporary nature.
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:4. The candidate must earn as many of the required merit badges as his ability permits before applying for an alternate Eagle Scout rank merit badge.
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:6. The Application for Alternate Eagle Scout Award Merit Badges must be completed prior to qualifying for alternate merit badges.
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:7. The alternate merit badges chosen must be of such a nature that they are as demanding of effort as the required merit badges.
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:8. When alternates chosen involve physical activity, they must be approved by the physician.
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:9. The unit leader and the board of review must explain that to attain the Eagle Scout rank, a candidate is expected to do his best in developing himself to the limit of his resources.
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:11. The candidate's application for Eagle must be made on the Eagle Scout Rank Application, with the Application for Alternate Eagle Scout Award Merit Badges attached.
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'''Certification.''' Certification must be given by the appropriate local council committee responsible for advancement that each Eagle Scout candidate over the age of 18 and Venturing award candidate over the age of 21 has met the requirements as stated in the current official literature of the Boy Scouts of America. (A representative of the council advancement committee must be a member of the Eagle board of review.)
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''The candidate's application for the award must be made on the Eagle Scout Rank Application or Quartermaster Award Application and recorded on the [[Advancement Report]] form.
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'''Woods Services Award.''' This annual award was established to recognize volunteers who have performed exceptional service and leadership in the field of Scouts with disabilities. Nomination forms are sent annually to councils every September with a December 31 deadline. One person is selected each spring for national recognition.
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''In the application of these policies for Scouts with special needs, reasonable accommodation in the performance of requirements may be made. These may include things such as the extension of time, adaptation of facilities, or the use of equipment or necessary devices consistent with the known physical or mental limitations of the handicapped individual. It is urged that common sense be employed.
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'''Torch of Gold Certificate.''' This is for local council use in recognizing adults for outstanding service to youth with disabilities. Order No. 33733.
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==Woods Services Award==
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{{shortcut|[[Woods Services Award]]}}
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{{quote-source|This annual award was established to recognize volunteers who have performed exceptional service and leadership in the field of Scouts with disabilities. Nomination forms are sent annually to councils every September with a December 31 deadline. One person is selected each spring for national recognition.|[[Advancement Policies]] #33088, p. 43}}
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''Source: Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures, #33088B, revised 1999''
 
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== Official sources for related information ==
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==Torch of Gold Certificate==
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{{shortcut|[[Torch of Gold Certificate]]}}
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{{quote-source|This is for local council use in recognizing adults for outstanding service to youth with disabilities. Order No. 33733.|[[Advancement Policies]] #33088, p. 43}}
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http://www.scouting.org/factsheets/02-508.html - Scouts With Disabilities and Special Needs - Boy Scouts of America
 
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== Unofficial sources for related information ==
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{{Special Needs Links}}
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http://www.wwswd.org/ - Working With Scouts With disAbilities
 
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http://www.rfbd.org/ - Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (enter SCOUT in the search form)
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{{Advancement navbox}}
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http://www.aph.org/louis.htm - American Printing House for the Blind (enter SCOUT in the search form)
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Contents

Advancement for Youth Members With Special Needs

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 39)

The following are the guidelines for membership and advancement in Scouting for persons having disabilities or other special needs.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) provides the following definition of an individual with a disability:

"An individual is considered to have a 'disability' if s/he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (e.g.,...seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, learning, caring for oneself, and working), has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.

"An individual with epilepsy, paralysis, HIV infection, AIDS, a substantial hearing or visual impairment, mental retardation, or a specific learning disability, is covered, but an individual with a minor, nonchronic condition of short duration, such as a sprain, broken limb, or the flu would not be covered by the ADA.

"The ADA definition protects individuals with a record of a disability and would cover, for example, a person who has recovered from cancer or mental illness.

"And the ADA protects individuals who are regarded as having a substantially limiting impairment, even though they may not have such an impairment. For example . . . a qualified individual with a severe facial disfigurement is protected from being denied employment because an employer feared the 'negative reactions' of customers or co-workers."

The Department of Education identifies a severely handicapped child as one who, because of the intensity of his physical, mental, or emotional problems, or a combination of such problems, needs education, social, psychological, and medical services beyond those that have been offered by traditional regular and special educational programs, in order to maximize his full potential for useful and meaningful participation in society and for self-fulfillment. Such children include those classified as seriously emotionally disturbed or profoundly and severely mentally retarded, and those with two or more serious handicapping conditions, such as the mentally retarded blind, and the cerebral-palsied deaf.


Membership

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 40)

"The chartered organizations using Scouting determine, with approval of appropriate medical authorities, whether a youth member is qualified to register (based on the above definitions) beyond the normal registration age. The unit leader's signature on the youth application, No. 28-406, which includes all programs for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing, or on the unit’s charter renewal application certifies the approval of the chartered organization for the person to register. The local council must approve these registrations on an individual basis.

"The medical condition of all candidates for membership beyond the normal registration age must be certified by a physician licensed to practice medicine, or an evaluation statement must be certified by an educational administrator. Use the Personal Health and Medical Record Form. Any corrective measures, restrictions, limitations, or abnormalities must be noted. In the case of mentally retarded or emotionally disturbed candidates for membership, their condition must be certified by a statement signed by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. Current health, medical, or certification records of all youth members beyond the normal registration age who have disabilities are to be retained in the unit file at the council service center.

"These procedures should be followed whether the member has been previously registered or is registering for the first time.


Advancement for Cub Scouts with Disabilities

Shortcut:
Advancement for Cub Scouts with Disabilities
(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 40)

"The advancement program is so flexible that, with guidance, most boys can do the skills. It might take longer for a disabled boy to earn his awards, but he will appreciate them more by knowing he has made the effort. The standard for every boy is "Has he done his best?"

"A Cub Scout who is physically disabled may be given permission by the Cubmaster and pack committee to substitute electives for achievement requirements that are beyond his abilities. It is best to include parents in this process of determining substitutions since they are most familiar with their son’s abilities.

"Immediate recognition of advancement is even more important for boys with disabilities. The Tiger Cub and Cub Scout Immediate Recognition Kits, the den doodle, and the Den Advancement Chart all help provide immediate recognition in den meetings as achievements and electives are completed. Remember that a month seems like a long time to a boy and that completing requirements for a badge might seem like forever to him. Be sure to give him periodic recognition at pack meetings when he earns a badge.

"While leaders must be enthusiastic about helping youngsters with disabilities, they must at the same time fully recognize the special demands that will be made on their patience, understanding, and skill in teaching advancement requirements.


Advancement for Boy Scouts with Disabilities

Shortcut:
Advancement for Boy Scouts with Disabilities
(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 40)

"All current rank requirements for an advancement award (ranks, merit badges, or Eagle Palms) must actually be met by the candidate. There are no substitutions or alternatives permitted except those which are specifically stated in the requirements as set forth in the current official literature of the Boy Scouts of America. Requests can be made for alternate rank requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class using the information outlined in this chapter. No council, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or to subtract from, any advancement requirements. The Scout is expected to meet the requirements as stated - no more and no less. Furthermore, he is to do exactly what is stated. If it says, "show or demonstrate," that is what he must do. Just telling about it isn't enough. The same thing holds true for such words as "make," "list," "in the field," and "collect, identify, and label."


Advancement for Venturers With Disabilities

Shortcut:
Advancement for Venturers with Disabilities
(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 41)

"Venturing also features an advancement program. To provide a pathway to many different experiences, five Venturing Bronze awards are available, one each for the five emphases—Arts and Hobbies, Outdoor, Sports, Sea Scouting, and Religious Life. The Bronze awards are designed to give a young person experiences from many different paths. A youth can also earn the Venturing Gold Award. The Gold Award program requires outstanding performance in a broad spectrum of activities: citizenship, leadership, service to others, community/family, outdoor experience, and total fitness. It was developed to challenge and motivate young people over an extended period of time.

"The highest Venturing award is the Silver Award. The Silver Award requires proficiency in emergency preparedness, participation in ethics in action, and completion of the Venturing Leadership Skills Course. Gold and Silver awards also require a crew review that includes Venturers and adults.

"There are three advanced levels of recognition that Venturers can earn. The Ranger Award identifies a Venturer who is highly skilled in a variety of outdoor skills, trained in outdoor safety, and ready to lead or assist others. The Quest Award piques the interest of that Venturer who has motivation to address healthy living among Americans as well as promote fitness for all for life.

"The TRUST Award is for Venturers to learn more about themselves, their communities, and their religion and culture, as well as those of others. Working on this award, the Venturer will be required to share what they learn with others.

"In Sea Scouting, the advancement track is from Apprentice to Ordinary to Able. The Quartermaster Award is the highest rank in Sea Scouting. Some Venturers who have been in Boy Scouts may wish to earn the Eagle Scout rank. If they have reached at least First Class rank in a troop, Venturers can work toward Eagle by meeting the requirements as defined in the Boy Scout handbook.

"For more information, see the Venturing Leader Manual and the Sea Scout Manual. They are both a wealth of how-to information and program ideas. They also include a dictionary-like reference guide of Venturing and Sea Scout terms, policies, awards, and program features.


Alternate Requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Ranks

See: Alternate Requirements for the First Three Ranks

Alternate Merit Badges for the Eagle Scout Rank

See: Eagle Scout Rank - Alternate Requirements


Certification

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 42)

Certification must be given by the appropriate local council committee responsible for advancement that each Eagle Scout candidate over the age of 18 and Venturing award candidate over the age of 21 has met the requirements as stated in the current official literature of the Boy Scouts of America. (A representative of the council advancement committee must be a member of the Eagle board of review.)

The council committee responsible for advancement must then secure approval of the council executive board. The Scout executive must attach a letter to the application indicating that the executive board has approved the application.

The candidate's application for the award must be made on the Eagle Scout Rank Application or Quartermaster Award Application and recorded on the Advancement Report form.

In the application of these policies for Scouts with special needs, reasonable accommodation in the performance of requirements may be made. These may include things such as the extension of time, adaptation of facilities, or the use of equipment or necessary devices consistent with the known physical or mental limitations of the handicapped individual. It is urged that common sense be employed.

Woods Services Award

Shortcut:
Woods Services Award
This annual award was established to recognize volunteers who have performed exceptional service and leadership in the field of Scouts with disabilities. Nomination forms are sent annually to councils every September with a December 31 deadline. One person is selected each spring for national recognition.
Advancement Policies #33088, p. 43


Torch of Gold Certificate

Shortcut:
Torch of Gold Certificate
This is for local council use in recognizing adults for outstanding service to youth with disabilities. Order No. 33733.
Advancement Policies #33088, p. 43


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