I think by Advancement Manual you mean the Advancement Policies? I was the one who transcribed the current Advancment Policies for MeritBadge.Org. A Council Advancement Chair not only reads those guides, you practically sleep with them.mhjacobson wrote:Craig:
Please read the Scouting for Youth with Disabilities Manual. The advancement procedures in the manual accurately reflect those in the current Advancement Committee and Advancement manuals.
The Special Needs text is here:
http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Yo ... cial_Needs
(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 40)
''The chartered organizations using Scouting determine, with approval from appropriate medical authorities, whether a youth member is qualified to register (based on the above definitions) beyond the normal registration age. The Cubmaster's signature on the Cub Scout application, the Scoutmaster's signature on the Boy Scout application, the Varsity Scout Coach's signature on the Varsity Scout application, the Advisor's or Skipper's signature on the Venturing application, or on the unit's charter renewal application certify the approval of the chartered organization for the person to register. The local council must approve these registrations on an individual basis."
The charter organization determines, appropriate medical authorities approve, and the local council approves the Special Needs registration.
In Boy Scouts...
(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 42)
"A Scout who has a permanent physical or mental disability and is unable to complete all of the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank may submit a request to the council advancement committee to complete alternate requirements."
For Star through Eagle...
(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 43)
10. The application must be approved by the council committee responsible for advancement, utilizing the expertise of professional persons involved in Scouting for people with special needs.
Where in the Advancement Policies does it say that you should not be talking with the Scout's local council? If they will be the ones making the final approvals, why not make sure you are on the same page (and book) from the beginning?