Scouts with Disabilities



"Scouting helps by giving Scouts with disabilities an opportunity to prove to themselves and to others that they can do things- and difficult things too- for themselves."

Lord Baden-Powell

The Heart of America Council, Scouts with Disabilities Committee is committed to making Scouting accessible and enjoyable to all boys and Venture age girls regardless of their abilities.

Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has included fully participating members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. The BSA's policy is to treat members with disabilities as much like other members as possible. It has been traditional however, to make some accommodations in advancement if absolutely necessary. By adapting the environment and/or our instruction methods, most Scouts with disabilities can be successful in Scouting.

The basic premise of Scouting for youth with disabilities is full participation. Youth with disabilities can be treated and respected like every other member of their unit. They want to participate like other youth- and Scouting provides that opportunity.

An individual is considered to have a "disability" if she or he:

  • has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities- seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, learning, caring for oneself, and working,
  • has a record of such an impairment, or
  • is regarded as having such an impairment.

There are many resources available to parents and leaders of Scouts with disabilities and special needs. Contact the SWD committee if you need help with:

  • Registering a special needs child in Scouting
  • Finding or starting a special needs Scout unit
  • Adapting rank or other requirements to accommodate a special needs Scout
  • Filing Eagle Scout Alternate merit badge form with the council
  • Identifying camping opportunities for special needs Scouts
  • Developing an Individual Scouting Plan for a special needs Scout
  • Conducting Scouts with Disabilities and special needs training for your group
  • Assistance with the Disabilities Awareness merit badge
  • General support for families and units with special needs Scouts
  • Nominating someone for the Torch of Gold Award
  • Nominating someone for the Woods Services Award
  • Scouts With Disabilities Committee Meetings
  • No meeting in November
  • December 18

Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of every month (except as noted) at the Trailside Center 
9901 Holmes Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64131

at 6:30 p.m.

Scouts with Disabilities Cub Scout Day Camp

Registration Information

Click this Link for Online Registration

Who can attend?

Any registered Cub Scout that has any disability or special need whether he is registered as a Scout with disability or not. This event is for Scouts with Disabilities only and does not preclude them from attending their regular district Day Camp.

When is it?

This Day Camp will take place on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

How do I register?

Registration deadline is August 1, 2014. There is no cost for the camper OR camper's guide. Registration is limited to the first 80 campers. Campers who register late may not be accepted and/or receive a t-shirt. Online reservations will be available starting May, 2014.

Where is it?

The camp is held at the Rotary Youth Camp in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, located at 22310 Colbern Road.


Contact the following:

Karen Jones, Scouts with Disabilities Committee Chair at 816.223.8036 or

Amber Woodrome, Scouts with Disabilities Day Camp Chair at 816.716.9697 or

Trey Miller, Scouts with Disabilities Committee Staff Advisor at 816.569.4964 or

Advancement for Scouts with Disabilities Seminar

Fall 2014
9:00 am -4:00 pm
Calvary Baptist Church
- 900 Northwest 22nd St., Blue Springs, MO

Join guest presenter Karen Jones for training that will discuss the new advancement guidelines and how they relate to Scouts with Disabilities and special needs, alternative requirements, program adaptations for Scouts with Disabilities, and resources and where to find them.

Please pre-register. There is no fee to attend. We will be having a working lunch (no lunch break), order a Subway lunch for $8.00 or be sure to bring your own.

Click here to register online

Online Resources

Click here to view/download answers to Frequently Asked questions for Cub Scouts

Click here to view/download answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Boy Scouts

Click here to view/download answers to Frequently Asked questions for Leaders



Heart of America Council

Karen Jones
Scouts with Disabilities Committee Chair
(816) 223-8036

Trey Miller
Scouts with Disabilities Committee Staff Advisor
(816) 569-4964