NP Abilities


National Pike District

Special Needs Scouting

Since its founding, the Scouts BSA has served youth members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Scouting is uniquely positioned among youth programs to meet the needs of children with various disabilities by providing diverse programs and social experiences.

The Baltimore Area Council is one of the leading councils in the country that serves Scouts with disabilities.  Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation has its own dedicated program facilities for youth with special needs to experience camp and the outdoors. For a Scout to be eligible for alternate rank requirements or alternate merit badges, a Scout must be registered as having the special needs designation.  

Requests for Scouts to be considered for the special needs designation must be submitted through the District Advancement Chair. Merit badge and rank requirements may not be adjusted to accommodate special needs – an alternate merit badge must be selected and approved by the Baltimore Area Council Advancement Committee’s Subcommittee for Special Needs.   
For more information please contact the National Pike District Advancement Chair, Duncan Brown and/or the National Pike Assistant District Commissioner for Disabilities, Renee Seymour.