One of the most inspiring stories from last summer’s Jamboree was about a participant named Sean Brame, who happens to be a quadruple amputee. Despite his disability, Sean is a Life Scout who participated in the full array of Jamboree activities. (The Jamboree Journal devoted a full spread to his story.)
Given its flexibility and self-paced nature, Scouting is a great program for kids with all sorts of disabilities. Often, all that’s required is a little knowledge and a little flexibility on the part of Scout leaders.
So what if you don’t have that knowledge. A great place to start is the “Scouting for Youth with Disabilities Manual” (#34059), which you can download for free from http://scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34059.pdf. This expansive manual (which replaces a number of smaller publications) includes general information, such as alternative advancement procedures, and specific information on a host of disabilities, including autism, ADD/ADHD, and language disorders. Download the book, heed its advice, and you too could change the future for a young man like Sean Brame.
Let’s Get Down to Business, Shall We?
Technically the BSA isn’t in the business of anything. We don’t manufacture goods. We don’t sell products or services. Rather, we’re a mission-driven, non-profit organization focused on serving America’s youth...