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  Membership for Scout with Disabilities Registration Requirements Guide for Merit Badge Counselors  
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Since its founding, the Boy Scouts of America has served youth members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Scouting is uniquely positioned among youth programs to meet the needs of children with various disabilities by providing diverse programs and social experiences.

The Baltimore Area Council is one of the leading Boy Scout councils in the country that serves Scouts with disabilities.  Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation has its own dedicated program facilities for youth with special needs to experience camp and the outdoors. 

“As the Baltimore Area Council Committee Chair of the Committee on Youth with Disabilities and Special Needs and a volunteer, our volunteers, with families and Council staff, have one of the premier Special Needs Scouting programs in the United States.  Special Needs Scouting in our Council has been recognized by the National BSA with various awards for the work that has been accomplished in serving youth in our area.  The Committee on Youth with Disabilities and Special Needs, works to maintain and expand awareness along with advocating when called for."


Please take a few minutes to watch the videos below on Special Needs Troops in our council.

Scouting has a place for individuals with disabilities and special needs. Every Scout has challenges during their life and this committee along with the Baltimore Area Council will be there to work with Scouts with disabilities as they advance through Scouting. We need to help others to understand that this process is required to complete their task to the highest of their ability.

For Advancement Requirements:

A Scout with a permanent physical or mental disability (or a disability expected to last more than two years or beyond the 18th birthday) who is unable to complete all the requirements for Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class rank may, with his parents or guardian, submit a request to the council advancement committee to complete alternate requirements.

For more information about registering a Scout with the special needs designation or advancement for a Scout with special needs, please see the Advancement page.

Please email with any questions or comments.

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Baltimore Area Council

701 Wyman Park | Baltimore MD | 21211
(443) 573-2500

Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation
1929 Susquehanna Hall Road | Whiteford, MD | 21160


 Schapiro Scout Service Center (Council headquarters)
Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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