Each Scout is different, and brings their individual gifts and challenges to the unit. Each will follow a different path in life. Regardless of their personal physical, mental, or emotional attributes each will give to and take something from Scouting. We can only hope to positively effect those contributions.
An ISAP can be a natural follow up to the all-important entry meeting with the youth and family where the leader has an opportunity to meet and learn about the future Scout and explain how Scouting can be part of the youth's life.
The Scouting handbooks and policies cannot address each individual, they merely set guidelines. So, it is often useful to reach an understanding as to how certain goals can be met. The ISAP forms a "contract" or roadmap which the Scout, his parents and mentors, or other leaders can reference or, if necessary, update.
Particularly in the case of a Scout with disAbilities, an ISAP helps form the support for District and Council staff who do not know the particular Scout except by the record of accomplishments.
While we recognize that the ISAP is not an official BSA form, we strongly
recommend it's use in the Scouting program. We hope that this form will be of use to you and we are interested in any comments or suggestions that you may have.