Scouting With Special Needs

The basic premise of Scouting for youth with disabilities is that every boy wants to participate fully and be respected like every other member of the troop. While there are, by necessity, troops exclusively composed of Scouts with disabilities, experience has shown that Scouting usually succeeds best when every boy is part of a patrol in a regular troop.

Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has had fully participating members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Approximately 100,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers with special needs and disabilities have participated with the Boy Scouts of America in more than 4,000 units chartered to community organizations.

The CT Rivers Council Special Needs Committee is here to help any Scout, parent, or unit leader who needs support. Additionally, while in normal circumstances, a Scout should do what is required, no more, no less, there are options available for Scouts with Special Needs that may need to alter the requirements or have additional time in order to successfully complete them. The Guide to Working With Scouts With Special Needs and Disabilities is a document produced by the National Council to help walk leaders and parents through how Scouting can work for Scouts with Special Needs and Disabilities and the different options available. The resources below will help in pursuing these options.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to the committee for assistance.



Chair - Sandy Payne,

Staff Advisor - Charlie Copeland,