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NCAC and Special Needs Scouting

March 20, 2018

Scouts with Disabilities and Special Needs

Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has had fully participating members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Although most of the BSA’s efforts have been directed at keeping such youth in the mainstream of Scouting, it has also recognized the special needs of those with severe disabilities. In support of Scouts with Special Needs, the National Capital Area Council (NCAC) established a Special Needs representative position on the council Advancement and Recognition Committee (ARC). In addition, each district has a Special Needs Representative, or the function is covered by the district Advancement Chairman.

For Boy Scout troops for example, troops and families with Special Needs Scouts can request changes to the Boy Scout advancement requirements through First Class rank, substitute for Eagle-required merit badges, and register Scouts “beyond the age of eligibility” (beyond age 18). Families and troops with Special Needs Scouts should begin charting a course as early as possible by contacting their District Special Needs Representative or District Advancement Chairman. To get your district’s current Special Needs Representative or District Advancement Chair, please contact the NCAC Advancement and Recognition – Special Needs Representative, Chuck Chatlynne at chatlynne@cal.berkeley.edu. Note that there are also special needs provisions for the other Boy Scout programs.

For more information about Scouting and Special needs, we encourage you to visit NCAC’s Special Needs Scouting page at https://www.ncacbsa.org/advancement/special-needs-scouting/. Or contact your District or Council Special Needs Representative, or NCAC’s Special Needs Liaison, Joel Jackson at joel.jackson@scouting.org.