GAPS Resources

GAPS Resources

General Resources


Youth and adults with physical disabilities and with developmental or cognitive challenges are welcome in the Boy Scouts of America. Various accommodations exist to facilitate advancement. These youth do not need to join a special unit oriented to serving members with disabilities, although those units exist and may be beneficial in some cases. The severity of disability will indicate how members should be registered. See Registering Qualified Members Beyond Age of Eligibility,

  • Individual Scout Advancement Plan, No. 512-936 PDF Download
  • Request for Registration Beyond the Age of Eligibility, No. 512-935 PDF Download
  • Application for Alternative Eagle Scout Rank Merit Badges, No. 512-730 PDF Download
  • Advancement for Members with Special Needs PDF Download

Tips for Leaders and Parents

  • BSA Tips for Working with Scouts with ADHD Learn more
  • for learning & attention issues; education and IEP assistance

Educational References

  1. Essentials
  2. Advancement
  3. Accommodations & Modi
  4. Parents

Collection of Resources to Assist Adult Leaders & Parents

Surfers Healing: Surfers Healing's mission is to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing.

Great Books

Leadership and Self-Deception, Getting out of the box; Second Edition, The Arbinger Institute, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc, 2010

The Anatomy of Peace, Resolving The Heart of Conflict; The Arbinger Institute, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc, 2008

Touching Spirit Bear; Ben Mikaelsen, Harper Collins, 2001
A troubled Minneapolis teenager completely changes after spending a year on a remote southwest island in Alaska

The Explosive Child; Ross W. Greene PhD, Harper Paperbacks, 2014
A new approach to understanding and parenting easily frustrated and chronically inflexible children

Working the Patrol Method; A Scout Leader's Guide to Youth Leadership Training; Rob Faris, Ted Knight, Harry Wimbrough, Joseph Durel; published by Thornsby, Bailey and Brown, 2008

Wilderness Road, Campbell Loughmiller, The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, 1965
A book about behavioral change in adolescent boys by group method

Positive Peer Culture, 2nd Edition, Harry Vorrath, Transaction Publishers, 1986

College of Commissioners Science Curriculum

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Other Educational References

Abilities Digest Archive

Quarterly Newsletters of the National Disabilities Awareness Committee: Click here