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.


Kenna McIntire
Program Director
(910) 948-2382
(919) 665-9619
Mrs. Britt Flather RN

Professional Advisers

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

District Representatives

Awahili District OPEN
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

Mawat District OPEN
Neuse River District Jen Hiemenz
Shakori District OPEN


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2019 District Committee Workshop @ Holland United Methodist Church
Jan 26 all-day

The annual District Committee Training Workshop will take place as follows:

Date: January 26, 2019
Place: Holland United Methodist Church
9433 ten-Ten Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27603
Time: Registration starts at 7:30 AM, Training will begin at 8:15
Who: All District Committee members
Cost: No Cost – snacks and drinks will be available
Registration: Tentaroo
Flyer: District-Committee-Training-Workshop-Flyer-2019.pdf

This is an opportunity for district committee members to learn about upcoming changes to the program, network with peers, and share ideas.
Breakout sessions will be held for Key 3, Training, Membership, and Program (Camping, Advancement, etc …). District Key 3 and Program Chairs are encouraged to attend.

Please register so that we can get head count. We don’t want to run out of coffee and doughnuts…
For more information contact:
Kevin Sloop, 919.414. 6910,
NRA Basic Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun @ Camp Durant
Feb 8 – Feb 9 all-day

See below for flyers and registration forms.  All courses start check-in at 6pm on Friday February 8, 2019.

NRA Pistol Instructor NRA Pistol Flyer Registration
NRA Rifle Instructor NRA Rifle Flyer Registration
NRA Shotgun Instructor NRA Shotgun Flyer Registration

NRA Range Safety Officer will also be offered as a single day course.  Registration

Woodbadge Staff Development
Feb 8 – Feb 10 all-day
Tread Lightly Trainer
Feb 16 all-day
Tread Lightly Trainer
Course Name Tread Lightly Trainer (See Prerequisites below)
Location Occoneechee Council Office Boardroom
3231 Atlantic Ave
Raleigh, NC 27604
Time Registration 8:30am to 9am
Course           9am to 5:30pm
Cost $25 for course, $25 for National Tread Lightly Membership Fee
Online Registration Registration Link
Registration Deadline February 1, 2019
Flyer TL-Trainer-flyer-2.16.19.pdf
Info Page TL-Info-Page-2.16.19.pdf
Course Contact Meredith Blackwood


1.Participants must complete the on-line awareness course and bring the certificate to class.

2.Participants must become a member of Tread Lightly!, paying the $25 membership fee prior to the course and bringing the receipt to the course.

NYLT Course #1 – Orientation @ Camp Reeves
Mar 2 – Mar 3 all-day
Shooting Sports Instructor Training @ Camp Durant
Mar 8 – Mar 10 all-day

Four NRA Courses will be offered this weekend at Camp Durant. Choose one (1) course from the registration options:

  • NRA Rifle Instructor
  • NRA Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Range Safety Officer

Age restrictions apply.

Click Tickets for course details and registration options.

Wood Badge
Mar 8 – Mar 10 all-day

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
Spring March 8-10, 2019 March 29-31, 2019
Fall Septermber 6-8, 2019 September 27-29, 2019
2019 Commissioner College @ Edenton Street Methodist Chuch
Mar 9 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

The college of commissioner science is an annual training event for registered commissioners. It is an opportunity to have a continuing education experience in a college environment. It helps the commissioner stay current in policy, techniques and application of commissioner service to units. Bachelors, Master’s and Doctoral tracks will be offered, as well as a large number of continuing education classes.

In addition, the Council Board Orientation will be offered, as well as other general interest training classes.

Camp Staff Development
Mar 22 – Mar 23 all-day
COPE/Climbing L1 & L2 Training @ Camp Durant
Mar 22 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 24 @ 4:00 pm


2018 End of Year Report

GAPS News bulletin

University of Scouting Flier

Roundtable Flier

How do I get involved?

GAPS is always in need of volunteers!

  1. District Representatives
  2. Disability Awareness Merit Badge Counselors
  3. Professional Advisors


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.
GAPS District Representative Application

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:

  1. Committee Chair / Unit Leader (CM, SM, CA) make a commitment to welcome and work with Scouts of all abilities.
  2. Conduct an annual Facilities Checklist and discuss results at the unit leader meeting.
  3. Have a safe area for Scouts with sensory challenges to go to when they feel overwhelmed.
  4. Conduct an annual Abilities Awareness Night for youth in the unit.
  5. Fill out and update the annual special needs survey.
  6. Commitment to at least one abilities awareness presentation for leaders and parents per year.

Unit Listing

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

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