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.