Special Needs Scouting Membership

The chartered organizations using Scouting determine, with the approval of appropriate medical authorities, whether a youth member is qualified to register (based on the above definitions) beyond the normal registration age. The unit leader’s signature on the youth application, No. 28-406, which includes all programs for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing, or on the unit’s charter renewal application certifies the approval of the chartered organization for the person to register. The local council must approve these registrations on an individual basis.

The medical condition of all candidates for membership beyond the normal registration age must be certified by a physician licensed to practice medicine, or an evaluation statement must be certified by an educational administrator. Use the Personal Health and Medical Record Form. Any corrective measures, restrictions, limitations, or abnormalities must be noted. In the case of mentally retarded or emotionally disturbed candidates for membership, their condition must be certified by a statement signed by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. Current health, medical, or certification records of all youth members beyond the normal registration age who have disabilities are to be retained in the unit file at the council service center.

These procedures should be followed whether the member has been previously registered or is registering for the first time.

Reference: Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures 33088 2009 page 40


Within the Baltimore Area Council, requests for the Special Needs Designation and requests for the Waiver of the Age Requirement are processed by the Council Advancement Committee.  Requests are submitted to the District Advancement Chair for submission to the committee.  The District Advancement Chair tracks the request and provides feedback to the Scout, his family, and the unit.