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2017 Torch of Gold Award

Do you know someone who has provided outstanding service in the area of Scouts with special needs? Then nominate him/her for the prestigious Torch of Gold Award!

Zach Adams defies odds, earns Eagle honors

Zach Adams defies odds, earns Eagle honors with Down Syndrome

Disabilities Awareness Now on Facebook and Twitter

The National Disabilities Awareness Committee has launched both a Facebook page and Twitter feed!

The Inspirational Story of Nicholas Heuchan

Special Needs Scout Overcomes Challenges, Becomes First to Earn Eagle in Troop.

The Boy Who Couldn't Be a Cub Scout

A mother's story of perseverance that will tug at your heartstrings.

Scouting with disAbilities Donations

The Northeast Illinois Council now has a designated fund for gifts directed to Special Needs Scouting.

Disabilities Awareness National Website

Would you like to learn more about Scouting with disabilities? National's disabilities awareness website has even more information and resources.

Advancement and Scouts with Special Needs

Do you need a better understanding of the advancement process and how it can benefit Scouts with certain types of disabilities? Then these presentations are for you!

Local Councils Promote Inclusion and Awareness on Youtube

Check out this great video posted by the Baltimore Area Council

Abilities Digest

Would you like news from the National Disabilities Awareness Committee or tips on working with youth with disabilities? Are you interested in learning how to create a better Scouting journey for those with differing abilities? Then a subscription to the Abilities Digest is for you!

Scouting and ADHD

Do you know a scout with ADHD? Read this article to find why the Scouting Program is excellent for these youth.

Understanding Scouts with Special Needs

IN AMERICA in 1970 one child in 14,000 was reckoned to be autistic. The current estimate is one in 68—or one in 42 among boys.

Registration Beyond the Age of Eligibility

Have a question about Registration Beyond the Age of Eligibility Requirements and/or Alternative Rank requirements?

In Other News

Council DisAbilities Awareness Committee (CDAC)

Mission Statement: 

To provide individuals with special needs opportunities to participate in the Boy Scouts of America all-inclusive Scouting Program.


The Council Committee on DisAbilities Awareness seeks to:

  • Raise awareness to our Units and thereby create opportunities for inclusion of individuals with special needs
  • Provide support, resources and education to Scouts, parents and leaders.

Registering Your Scout with disAbilities in the BSA Program

We believe that all Scouts need to have the greatest opportunity for participation, inclusion and advancement in our program.  Our program for Scouts with disAbilities is directed at helping Unit Leaders, Scouts and parents develop an awareness of encouraging the inclusion of Scouts with disAbilities. The BSA has specific accommodations designed to allow each Scout to realize his full potential, which can be found in the Advancement section of this page. It is important to register your Scout with Special Needs "Beyond the Age of Eligibility" when he first registers as a Boy Scout. 

Registering Scouts with Special Needs Beyond the Age of EligibilityExternal Link

Request for Registration Beyond the Age of Eligibility (No. 512-935)

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