Scouts with Disabilities Awareness Task Force

Special Needs Scouting

February 10, 2024 | Training Seminar

This seminar is designed for Scouters, professionals, chartered organization leadership and parents who want to positively impact youth with special needs and disabilities in your unit. The course is FREE to attend and will be held from 9:00am - 5:00pm at First Christian Church (125 S Pleasant St | Independence, MO 64050)

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"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 Awareness Task Force is committed to making Scouting accessible and enjoyable for all Scouts.



  • Help create individual Scout Achievement Plan
  • Provide hands-on resources to individual Scouts or Packs/ Troops


  • Teach Patrol Leaders, Adult Leaders, and Parents how to help a Scout become successful with any disability.
  • Create lessons to help the Scout meet all requirements of the rank or achievements/ merit badges.
  • Train leaders on advancement procedures for special needs Scouts.
  • Consult on issues impeding a Scout's progress with the parents and leadership- physical, cognitive, behavior, sensory.

Leader Resources

Forms/ Training/ Handouts/Newsletters

Merit Badge Lesson Plans

Rank Advancement Scout to First Class Accommodation Ideas

The Torch of Gold Award:  Nominate a Scout or Scout leader that has given outstanding service and leadership for at least two years to Scouts with Disabilities.

Click here for Torch of Gold Award Form

Scout Resources

These are hands-on resources for Scouts whose abilities require assistance. Resource kits and vertical knot boards are  available for check out in each district.


Karen Jones, Scouts with Disability Chair:  816-223-8036

Jason Bledsoe, Scouts with Disabilities Advisor:  816-569-4984


Additional Resources

Teaching Knots to Scouts with Disabilities

Application for Alternative Merit Badges

Special Event Care Plan for STEM