Clause 19 of Article XI, Section 3, of the Rules & Regulations of The Boy Scouts
of America reads:
Clause 19. Mentally
Retarded or Severely Physically Handicapped Youth Members. In the
discretion of the Executive Board, and under such rules and
regulations as it may prescribe upon consultation with
appropriate medical authorities, registration of boys who are
either mentally retarded or severely physically handicapped,
including the blind, deaf, and emotionally disturbed, over age 11
as Cub Scouts and over age 18 as Boy Scouts, or varsity Scouts,
and registration of young adults who are either mentally retarded
or severely physically handicapped, including blind, deaf, and
emotionally disturbed, over age 21 as Explorers, and the
participation of each in the respective advancement programs
while registered, is authorized.
Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures BSA # 33088D © 1989 Boy Scouts of America,
Charter & Bylaws of The Boy Scouts of America Article VII. Youth Membership reads:
MEMBERSHIP, ADVANCEMENT, AND ACHIEVEMENT.
Youth Membership in Boy Scouts of
America is open to all who meet the membership requirements. Cub
Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Varsity Scouting are for boys.
Exploring is for young men and young women.
Both membership in Scouting and
advancement and achievement of leadership in Scouting units are
open to all boys without regard to race or ethnic background, and
advancement and achievement of leadership is based entirely upon
Reference: Charters & Bylaws
of the Boy Scouts of America, January 1997 BSA # 57-491.
MEMBERS WITH DISABILITIES (Page 8-3)
Boys older than 11 who are either mentally or severely
physically disabled (including those with visual, hearing, and emotional
impairments) may register and participate in the Cub Scout advancement program
if they meet the following criteria:
- The chartered organization determines, with the approval of
appropriate medical authorities, whether a youth member with a
disability is qualified to register beyond the normal registration age.
- The Cubmaster's signature on the boy's Cub Scout
application or on the unit's charter renewal application certifies this
approval of the chartered organization.
- A licensed physician, using the Personal Health and
Medical Record form, must certify the medical condition of all candidates for
membership beyond the normal registration age.
- In the case of membership for mentally disabled or
emotionally disturbed candidates, a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist must
certify their condition.
- The local council service center retains all current
health, medical, or certification records of all members with disabilities
beyond the normal registration age.
- All current requirements for advancement awards must be
met. No substitutions or alternatives are permitted except those specifically
stated in the requirements from current BSA literature. "Do your best" applies
to all requirements.
For more information, see Chapter 17, "Cub Scouts With Disabilities' " Also
check with your council service center for additional local information and
Scout Leader Book (BSA # 33221B ©2001) Chapter 8 POLICIES OF CUB SCOUTING.