Gifted And Physically disabled Scouts
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GAPS, Occoneechee Council, aims to improve the quality of scouting experiences for all scouts with disAbilities while utilizing the guiding principles of the Scout Oath and Law.
The vision of GAPS, Occoneechee Council, is to be a committed resource for scouts, scouting families, volunteers and staff to support reaching maximum potential.
The mission of Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. GAPS committee’s purpose is to provide resources, guidance, and training as tools to help adult leaders support inclusion of all scouting families AND to offer support to Occoneechee Staff in identifying needs in order to prevent crisis. GAPS recognizes that trained volunteer leaders are enthusiastic about supporting scouts with disAbilities. They understand the demands put on their patience and time yet remain compassionate in accommodations for rank advancement. GAPS strives towards building self-esteem and feelings of accomplishment to enable successful outcomes for everyone in scouting.
|Highlander District||Britt Flather, RN
Eric Ruhstorfer, LPN
Renee Seese, Advancement Intervention Services
|Dogwood District||Rodney Dinkins, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Melanie Jacobs, Occupational Therapy Services
|LaFayette District||Sean Brost, Advancement Intervention Services|
|Black River District||Timothy Gillespie|
|Crosswinds District||Greg McGrew|
|Dogwood District||Allison Fulcher, Melanie Jacobs|
|Highlander District||Mindy Jones-Secary|
|Impeesa District||Jeff Price|
|LaFayette District||Sean Brost
Valeria Ivery – Disability Awareness Merit Badge Counselor
|Neuse River District||Jen Hiemenz|
Registration for this course will close at midnight on March 14.
BSA requirements for the operation of both COPE and Tower operations specify a minimum of a (1) Level 2 instructor (1) Level 1 instructor to open the program area. Staff to participant ratios are then applied based on the type of program being facilitated for the day. Ground based activities are 12:1 while activities at height are 6:1
Upon completion of this full weekend course, the participant should be certified as Level 1 for both COPE (CS67) and Artificial Climbing Structure (CS75) and be able to effectively assist in the operations these programs.
- Age 18 years and older
- Complete eLearning assignments below
- Bring your Hold Harmless form
- Be current on Youth Protection Training
- Pay the course registration fee
- Be willing to have a lot of fun and learn a lot of things about COPE and Climbing.
- Leave No Trace Awareness Course
- BSA Climb on Safely eLearning – Available through the training modules at from http://my.scouting.org
Course Registration Fee of $40.00 includes:
- Use of camp facilities for training
- Meals for weekend
Optional materials (selected during registration)
- Staff T-Shirt
- Printed Reference Manual (PDF is available online)
- Staff Cabins for 2 nights (Campsites will be available at no charge)
Registration for this course closes at 5:00PM on March 1.
Trainer Course is an informative, practical, and fun 2-day workshop on the ethics and practice of minimum-impact recreation and travel. Course participants will learn skills and teaching techniques through lectures, skits and discussions in a rustic outdoor setting.
Course Flyer: LNT-Trainer-LNT-2019-flyer.pdf
Every Scout deserves a well trained leader.
Are you that leader?
Become Wood Badge trained and you will be. In doing so, you will change your life and the lives of all the youth you mentor.
Wood Badge is considered the premier Scout leadership training course. It is available to registered leaders of all levels of the Scouting program – Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing. Wood Badge training will make you a better Scout Leader, it will provide the tools to improve your unit.
2019 Course Dates
|Course||First Weekend||Second Weekend||Course Director|
|Spring||March 8-10, 2019||March 29-31, 2019||Ralph Embrey: email@example.com|
|Fall||Septermber 6-8, 2019||September 27-29, 2019||Greg McGrew: firstname.lastname@example.org|
Staff Development will occur on:
April 5, 2019
May 3, 2019
May 31, 2019
Fri April 5th from 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Sat April 6th @ Lake Crabtree Park
Bring $30 on Friday night
The Powder Horn course is designed to help the troop, team, or crew by exposing Venturers, and adult leaders to safely conducted outdoor/ high adventure activities of a fun and challenging nature. The course provides an introduction to the resources needed to successfully lead youth through a program of outdoor adventure and is based upon giving participants an exposure to some outdoor/high-adventure activities. The course presenters are expert consultants from inside and outside of Scouting in each outdoor high adventure activity. It is not a certification event for individual high adventure activities, but rather an overview of various disciplines.
Course Flyer: Updated-Powderhorn-Flyer.pdf
7:30 am Sat. Registration/Campsite Selection Opens
Training starts 8:15 am Sat.
to 12 noon Sun. (includes camping overnight)
Who? CUB SCOUT LEADERS, PARENTS, PACK COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Why? This day-and-a-half course will give you the information, training and experience
to lead a safe and fun camping trip for your cub scouts and Webelos.
One BALOO-Trained adult must attend each pack camping trip.
Topics Covered include: Campfire Activities; Camping Equipment; Planning;
Games; Hobo Meals; Camping Safety
$50.00 — Includes meals, snacks, patch, course materials and an overnight camping experience.
There is an on-line pre-requisite that must be
completed prior to attending (www.my.scouting.org)
Course Directors: Karen Hassett — email@example.com
Randall Goodman — firstname.lastname@example.org
Please inform the Course Director of any special needs or dietary restrictions
Registration closes April 2 or when course is full.
Course Flyer: Mawat - BALOO Course Flyer
Click on the Tickets link to register for the event
Course Flyer: trng_20190427_wfa.pdf
Course Start: April 26, 2019 at 7:30pm
Course End: April 28, 2019 at Noon
Course Prerequisites: Current Adult CPR/AED through the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or other nationally recognized provider that does not expire until after the end of the course.
2018 End of Year Report
GAPS News bulletin
University of Scouting Flier
- BSA Policy on Disabled Scouts
- Guide to Advancement
- Serving Scouts with Disabilities
- Scouting for Youth with Disabilities Manual
- A Guide to Working with Boy Scouts with DisABILITIES
- Working with Scouts with DisAbilities website
- Abilities Digest
- Torch of Gold
Special Need Resource
- Individual Scout Achievement Plan (also called Individual Scout Advancement Plan)
- Alternate Eagle Scout Merit Badge Requirements
- Request for Registration Beyond the Age of Eligibility
- Request for alternative rank advancement
- Boys With Autism Can Thrive in Scouting—With Help
- A Guide for Scout leaders of Scouts with ASD
- Helping a Scout With Autism Be Part of a Troop
- Autism and Scout Engagement Strategies
- Discipline and a Scout with Autism – How to do it Effectively
- Wandering and Elopement
- Autism Elopement Alert Form
- Autism and Boy Scouts Website
- ADD ADHD Characteristics and Strategies
- Working with Scouts with disabilities website
- Coping With A Hyperactive Boy Scout At Summer Camp
- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
How do I get involved?
GAPS is always in need of volunteers!
- District Representatives
- Disability Awareness Merit Badge Counselors
- Professional Advisors
GAPS DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE
At the District level, a leader, parent or adult mentor may volunteer to serve in a broader role as a coordinator of district-wide special needs activities. District Abilities Awareness Representatives serve a liaison role between the Council GAPS Committee and the units in their local district.
Roles and Responsibilities of the District Abilities Awareness Representative:
Key to supporting a network of Scouters with diverse experiences & common interests to support the Occoneechee GAPS (Gifred And Physically disabled Scouting) events and outdoor activities inside & outside the District & Council.
- Promote inclusion of Scouts within all units of your district
- Provides guidance and resources (to volunteers and professionals)
- Identifies, recruits & supports training of qualified volunteers
- Supports Unit/District/Council events
- Promotes attendance of volunteers and staff at training opportunities (with specific special needs/Disabilities awareness training separately or as part of a position-specific training)
- Provide support for program activities, advancement, camping, training and Roundtables
- Ensures that the needs of youth with special needs and disabilities are considered in all aspects of Council actions.
As a GAPS designated Accessible Unit, we recognize that trained volunteer leaders are enthusiastic about supporting scouts with disAbilities. We understand our Unit may face unique challenges and demands yet promise to remain compassionate in supporting both accommodations for rank advancement, and towards building self-esteem and feelings of accomplishment to enable successful outcomes for everyone involved in our program.
We welcome Scouts with all abilities and their families by:
- Providing an inclusive and understanding atmosphere together in Scouting.
- Helping and assisting each Scout family attain (reach) their goals in scouting.
- Providing an opportunity for the Scout to advance through the program.
- Raising abilities awareness in all youth, adults, and our community.
Roles and Responsibilities of Accessible Units:
- Committee Chair / Unit Leader (CM, SM, CA) make a commitment to welcome and work with Scouts of all abilities.
- Conduct an annual Facilities Checklist and discuss results at the unit leader meeting.
- Have a safe area for Scouts with sensory challenges to go to when they feel overwhelmed.
- Conduct an annual Abilities Awareness Night for youth in the unit.
- Fill out and update the annual special needs survey.
- Commitment to at least one abilities awareness presentation for leaders and parents per year.
|Unit||Program Features||District||City||Point of Contact||Join|
|Pack 713||All-Accessible||Highlander||Tri-County area of Spout Springs||Eric Ruhstorfer||Join|
|Pack 942||All-Accessible plus Deaf & Hard of Hearing||Dogwood||Sanford||Melanie Jacobs||Join|