for Tenderfoot, Second Class
and First Class Ranks
A Scout who is unable to complete any or all of the requirements for
Class, or First Class rank because he is
mentally disabled may complete alternative requirements of the following
criteria are met:
- The physical or mental disability must be of a permanent
rather than a temporary nature.
- A clear and concise medical statement concerning the Scout's
disabilities must be submitted by a physician licensed to
practice medicine. In the alternative, an evaluation
statement certified by an educational administrator may be
submitted. The medical statement must state the doctor's
opinion that the Scout cannot complete the requirement(s)
because of a permanent disability.
- The Scout, his parents, or leaders must submit to the council
advancement committee, a written request that the Scout be
allowed to complete alternative requirements for Tenderfoot,
Second Class, or First Class rank. The request must explain
the suggested alternate requirements in sufficient detail
so as to allow the advancement committee to make a decision.
The request must also include the medical statement required
in paragraph two above. The written request for alternate
requirements must be submitted to and approved by the local
council prior to completing alternate requirements.
- The Scout must complete as many of the regular requirements
as his ability permits before applying for alternate
- The Alternate requirements must be of such a nature that
they are as demanding of effort as the regular requirements.
- When alternate requirements involve physical activity,
they must be approved by the physician.
- The Unit Leader and any board of review must explain that
to attain Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank a
candidate is expected to do his best in developing
himself to the limit of his resources.
- The written request must be approved by the council
advancement committee, utilizing the expertise of
professional persons involved in Scouting for disabled
youth. The decision of the council advancement committee
should be recorded and delivered to the Scout and his leader.