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Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.





Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work


1. Discuss with your counselor proper disability etiquette and person-first language. Explain why these are important.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss and explain their findings during the class.  Only Scouts who actively and positively participate in the class discussion showing they have prepared for this requirement will be considered for sign on this requirement.


2. Visit an agency that works with people with physical, mental, emotional, or educational disabilities. Collect and read information about the agency's activities. Learn about opportunities its members have for training, employment, and education. Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.

This requirement will NOT be covered as a part of this class.  Scouts must complete this requirement either before or after the day of the class, HOWEVER Scouts who can bring documented proof of completing this requirement will have the opportunity to share with the counselor their accomplishment and potentially be signed off on this requirement.  It is STRONGLY recommended Scouts interested in completing this merit badge bring their work for requirement 2 with to the class.  If the work meets the satisfaction of the merit badge counselor, (saying you did it is not enough, you need to bring proof), most counselors will sign off on the requirement after a short discussion.


3. Do TWO of the following:

a. Talk to a Scout who has a disability and learn about his experiences taking part in Scouting activities and earning different merit badges. Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.

b. Talk to an individual who has a disability and learn about this person's experiences and the activities in which this person likes to participate. Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.

c. Learn how people with disabilities take part in a particular adaptive sport or recreational activity. Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.

d. Learn about independent living aids such as service animals, canes, and augmentative communication devices such as teletypewriters (TTYs). Discuss with your counselor how people use such aids.

Scouts will complete most, if not all of this requirement in class.  Reading of the merit badge pamphlet ahead of time will provide Scouts with the preparation they will need for this requirement prior to the class.  Scouts are still encouraged to choose two of these components from Requirement 3 to research prior to the class to bring further knowledge and understanding to the discussion during the class.  Scouts will need to partake in the discussion with some knowledge on these components for consideration by the counselor for sign off.  Just attending and listen to what the counselor lectures about is not enough for sign off, Scouts are to share their knowledge as the requirement states.  The counselor will likely cover all four components to ensure all Scouts have an opportunity to share in at least two of these components.


4. Visit TWO of the following locations and take notes about the accessibility to people with disabilities. In your notes, give examples of five things that could be done to improve upon the site and five things about the site that make it friendly to people with disabilities. Discuss your observations with your counselor.

a. Your school.

b. Your place of worship.

c. Your Scout camping site.

d. A public exhibit or attraction (such as a theater, museum, or park).

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items.


5. Explain what advocacy is. Do ONE of the following advocacy activities:

a. Present a counselor approved disabilities awareness program to a Cub Scout pack or other group. During your presentation, explain and use person-first language.

b. Find out about disability awareness education programs in your school or school system, or contact a disability advocacy agency. Volunteer with a program or agency for eight hours.

c. Using resources such as disability advocacy agencies, government agencies, the Internet (with your parent's permission), and news magazines, learn about myths and misconceptions that influence the general public's understanding of people with disabilities. List 10 myths and misconceptions about people with disabilities and learn the facts about each myth. Share your list with your counselor, then use it to make a presentation to a Cub Scout pack or other group.

Scouts will have an opportunity to share their presentation during the class as well as provide supporting proof of their work on one of the components of this Requirement.  Make sure you are prepared for the class with your notes, presentation and other proof to show that you have completed or are prepared for this requirement.


6. Make a commitment to your merit badge counselor describing what you will do to show a positive attitude about people with disabilities and to encourage positive attitudes among others. Discuss how your awareness has changed as a result of what you have learned.

This requirement will be covered in the class, however it should be noted that the merit badge counselor may reserve the right not to sign off on this requirement if they feel this requirement has not been met due to other requirements not being fully completed.


7. Name five professions that provide services to people with disabilities. Pick one that interests you and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss what you learn with your counselor, and tell why this profession interests you.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items.


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015