Help Make Disabilities Awareness the Next Eagle Scout Required Merit Badge!
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All scouts, regardless of age should be following the Scout Law with everyone they meet. Unless our youth are educated, following the Scout Law may be challenging when interacting with individuals with special needs.
As our planet becomes smaller, we need to endeavor to not only merely tolerate those with differences, but embrace their diversity and the different abilities that they can share with the world.
Disabilities Awareness programming has been recently added to the Cub Scouting Program as an elective and the Disabilities Awareness Boy Scout Merit Badge has been available as an elective since 1993. The Merit Badge “enables a Scout to learn about proper disability etiquette, person-first language, and opportunities for people with physical, mental, emotional, or educational disabilities” and also about advocacy and acceptance.
We, the following, strongly believe that the BSA can stress the importance of this knowledge to the future leaders of our country and the society at large by making this badge a requirement for Eagle Scout.
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