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Scouts with Disabilities and Special Needs Home Page

Scouts with Disabilities and Special Needs Page Links
Mission Statement Overview Advancement for Youth Members With Disabilities Definition Membership for Scout with Disabilities Advancement for Scout with Disabilities
Registration Requirements Process for Documenting a Disability Process for Registering Beyond Age of Eligibility Alternate Rank Advancement Requirements Process for Requesting Alternate Rank Advancement Requirements
Alternate Merit Badges for the Eagle Scout Rank Scout with Disability and Special Needs Forms and Links Guide for Merit Badge Counselor Torch of Gold Award  

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."


Steve O'Connor,
Chair, Baltimore Area Council Committee Scouts with Disabilities and Special Needs

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

The Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations in Central Maryland. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness.

For nearly a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes and, through nearly a century of experience, knows that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society.

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.

The definition of a Scout with Disabilities is:

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 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 Registering Beyond Age of Eligiblility

A Scout with a permanent physical or mental disability, and not temporary.

Please use the links above to help yourself to understand the process required to get an individual listed as disabled or special needs.

Please email with any questions or comments.