The Three Fires Council Special Needs Committee aspires to offer the nation's foremost Scouting Program for individuals with special needs by:

  • Raising awareness to our Scouting Units of the need for inclusiveness of individuals with special needs
  • Setting the stage for success by providing support and resources to Unit Leaders, Parents & Units to deliver a quality Scouting experience
  • Creating an opportunity for Scout Leaders to be continuously educated and trained

Our mission is to provide individuals with special needs opportunities to participate to the best of their abilities in an all-inclusive Scouting Program offered by the Boy Scouts of America.

Resources for Scouts with disabilities and special needs

Additional resources

  • The revised Guide to Working With Scouts With Special Needs and DisABILITIES (510-071) is available online only. It replaces the brown-covered #33056. It is a good resource for Scout leaders.
  • Bookshare library of 35 Scout publications in Braille and large print includes the merit badge series of books available for reading on laptops, desktop computers, Apple iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches, MP3 players, and other devices.

Bookshare membership is free for U.S. students of any age with qualified print disabilities. The Bookshare setup fee of $25 is waived for nonstudents when using the promo code: SCOUTS.

For questions,  contact Oscar Santoyo at .

Special Needs Committee

  • Promotes awareness to Scouts and unit leaders
  • Assists with Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge
  • Provides training to adult leaders and youth
  • Distributes available publications by the BSA
  • Supports the growth of new units and provide service to existing special needs units and leaders
  • Works with and assist other Council committees to deliver a quality Scouting program to all youth
  • Has the full endorsement, support, and resources of Three Fires Council. 

Special Needs Committee Members 

  • Chairperson - Suzette Rizzi - Suzette Rizzi  (630) 205-0192 
  • Chanonee - Patrick Kronenwetter - 
  • Chippewa - Larry Wegner - 
  • Foxfire - Sean Williams - 
  • Thunderbird -
  • Indian Prairie - Jocelyn Nolan - 
  • Kishwaukee - Linda Benton - 
  • Northern Trail - Thomas Barrington - 
  • Maramech Hill -Russ Pietrowiak - 
  • Shabbona - Dan Bettison - 
  • Potawatomi Trails - Sherry Herzog - 
  • Fox Valley - Maritsa Herrera -  
  • Member-at-Large: Denise Krusenoski - 
  • Member-at-Large:Britt Johnson-Dunlop - 

Unit Special Needs Coordinator

A Unit Special Needs Coordinator is a leader, parent, or adult mentor who helps coordinate with unit leaders, Scouts with special needs, and their parents to provide a positive Scouting experience for youth with special needs. Flier with information

Champions Buddy Unit

Champions Buddy Units cooperate and offer support and guidance to Special Needs Unit to ensure their needs are met and the benefits offered by the Boy Scouts of America have been received. Benefits of the Champions Buddy Unit Program:

  • Teaches Scouts caring, patience and understanding
  • Special Needs Scouts receive the same opportunities that all our youth receive
  • Provides Scouts with special needs or disabilities what they want most…..the opportunity to participate like other Scouts….
  • Your Scouts help give them that opportunity
  • Wonderful learning experience for all involved through a broader understanding of Scouts with special Needs.
  • Enrichment of the lives of more youth in our community
  • Unlimited service hours and unit service projects
  • Eagle projects are available
  • Increase in membership