Special Needs

Scouting Resources for Youth with Special Needs in Three Fires Council

Here are some handy resources that you will appreciate for Scouts with disabilities & special needs.


 

SPECIAL NEEDS & SCOUTING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES


Champions Buddy    What does the Three Fires Council Special Needs Committee Do?

    • Promote awareness to Scouts and unit leaders
    • Assist with Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge
    • Provide training to adult leaders and youth
    • Distribute available publications by the BSA
    • Support the growth of new units and provide service to existing special needs units and leaders
    • Work with and assist other Council committees to deliver a quality Scouting program to all youth
    • We have the full endorsement and support of the TFC and have the full resources of the council available

SPECIAL NEEDS TRAININGS & RESOURCES!

UNIT SPECIAL NEEDS COORDINATOR

This is a new position within the unit committee that reports to the committee chair, and is being promoted by the Three Fires Council Special Needs Committee.  The Unit Special Needs Coordinator helps to facilitate communication between the unit leadership & the scout with special needs & their family. They will help to let leaders know the strengths & challenges of the scout, and how to best give them the opportunity to succeed. They will help the unit leadership to understand if there are any modifications (Cub Scouts), or accommodations needed for advancement.

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 experience for youth with special needs. FLIER WITH INFORMATION

The new "Guide to Working With Scouts With Special Needs and DisABILITIES", #510-071, has been published.   It replaces the brown-covered #33056. Most of the old publication has not changed, but several key points have been updated and resources updated.  It will NOT be carried by the Supply Division, and thus will only be available electronically.  This is a great "easy read"  resource for leaders who are working with Scouts  with special needs.  Please feel free to access this newly updated guide at: BSA - Scouts with Special Needs Webpage


VISION:

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

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

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.


 

HOW CAN YOU BECOME INVOLVED AND HELP?

We Want YOU!   Champions Buddy Unit  Become a Champions Buddy Unit (Info Flier) - A Champions Buddy unit is the cooperation between your unit and a Special Needs unit to offer support and guidance to ensure that the needs of the Champion Unit are met and are receiving the benefits offered by membership in the BSA.

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

Autism & Scouting: The site linked below is designed to give parents of autistic children information about the BSA and it's possible benefit for their child and to give Scout leaders some information about autism so they can better help any autistic scouts in their unit. It was designed by an ASM from Tulsa, OK, as part of his Woodbadge Ticket to give information pertaining to Autism and the Boy Scouts of America.


For more information contact: TFC Special Needs Committee Chairs

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District Special Needs Committee Chairs

Chanonee - Patrick Kronenwetter - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chippewa -  Kevin Wills - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Foxfire - Sean Williams - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thunderbird - Jason Schultz - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Indian Prairie - Jocelyn Nolan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Indian Prairie - Denise Krusenoski - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kishwaukee - Katie Dulzo - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Northern Trail -
Maramech Hill - Suzette Rizzi - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Shabbona - Michelle Dieh l- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Potawatomi Trails - Sherry Herzog - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fox Valley - Britt Johnson-Dunlop - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Bookshare in Scouting

 While the BSA has fulfilled requests for different publications in braille or large print for years, the national office recently entered an agreement with the company Bookshare to provide the merit badge series as well as other manuals to youth, parents, and leaders with qualified print disabilities. Through the Bookshare in Scouting program, up-to-date Scouting material can be read on laptops or desktop computers; Apple iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches; MP3 players; and other devices.

Beginning this month, more than 35 different publications are available through Bookshare’s online library, and additional publications will be added in three phases over the next six to nine months. Membership is free for U.S. students of any age with qualified print disabilities, and the $25 setup fee is waived for nonstudents when you use the promo code SCOUTS.

To learn more about Bookshare, visit www.bookshare.org. For questions about Scouts with disabilities, contact Oscar Santoyo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .