Scouts with Disabilities
Scouts who are unable to complete any or all of the requirements for Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank because they are physically or mentally disabled may complete alternative requirements if the following criteria are met:
- The physical or mental disability must be of a permanent rather than a temporary nature.
- A clear and concise medical statement concerning the Scout's disabilities must be submitted by a physician licensed to practice medicine. In the alternative, an evaluation statement certified by an educational administrator may be submitted. The medical statement must state the doctor's opinion that the Scout cannot complete the requirement(s) because of a permanent disability.
- The Scout, their parents, or leaders must submit to the council advancement committee, a written request that the Scout be allowed to complete alternative requirements for Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank. The request must explain the suggested alternate requirements in sufficient detail so as to allow the advancement committee to make a decision. The request must also include the medical statement required in paragraph two above. The written request for alternate requirements must be submitted to and approved by the local council prior to completing alternate requirements.
- The Scout must complete as many of the regular requirements as their ability permits before applying for alternate requirements.
- The alternate requirements must be of such a nature that they are as demanding of effort as the regular requirements.
- When alternate requirements involve physical activity, they must be approved by the physician.
- The unit leader and any board of review must explain that to attain Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank a candidate is expected to do their best in developing themself to the limit of their resources.
- The written request must be approved by the council advancement committee, utilizing the expertise of professional persons involved in Scouting for disabled youth. The decision of the council advancement committee should be recorded and delivered to the Scout and their leader.
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