Conference on Planning for Neurodiverse Scouting

The National Special Needs & Disabilities Committee’s Spring Mini-Conference is an in-person training opportunity on planning for neurodiversity in Scouting. It is intended for adult leaders, camp leaders, Scouting professionals, parents, caregivers, and any others interested.

When: Friday-Saturday, April 26-27, 2024

Where: Northern Star Leadership Center, Fort Snelling, MN


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The conference will focus on steps we can take ahead of time to help ensure that the usual methods of Scouting (camping or advancement, for example) provide a positive experience for Scouts with special needs or disabilities. Examples of session topics planned for the conference (subject to change):

  • Preparing a neurodiverse Scout for summer camp
  • Preparing the summer camp for neurodiverse Scouts
  • Review high adventure opportunities for neurodiverse Scouts
  • Plan a young Scout’s experience with camping and advancement
  • Apply flexibility to advancement requirements while staying within the rules
  • First-hand: neurodivergent Scouting experiences
  • First-hand: recognizing Scouters who enable Scouts with special needs

The Conference will be hosted by Northern Star Council at Base Camp.