This Merit Badge was formerly named HANDICAP
The name was changed in 1993.
These were the REQUIREMENTS before the changes
the release of a new merit badge pamphlet during 2005.
To see the current requirements
- Visit an agency that works with the physically, sensory,
or mentally handicapped. Collect publications about the agency's
activities on behalf of its members. Learn what is being done
through training, employment, and education of their members.
- Speak to a person with a disability or read an article or
book about a person with a disability and report to your counselor
what you learned about that person's experiences in dealing
with a disability.
- Spend 15 hours within a 3-month period in ONE of the following
- Visit a special Cub Scout pack or Boy Scout troop. that
works with Scouts with disabilities. Learn about their activities,
assist the leaders, and work with the members of the group.
- Enlist the help of your unit leader and the parents
or guardians of someone with a disabling condition and invite
the disabled individual to join your troop, team, or post.
Help him or her become a participating member.
- Locate and study literature about the accessibility or nonaccessibility
of public or private places to the disabled individuals. Observe
and discuss with your counselor the accessibility or nonaccessibility
for disabled people in the following:
- Five places with good accessibility,
- Five places with poor accessibility,
- Your school, church, synagogue, or mosque
- Your Scout camping site.
- Display in a public place the material you have collected
for the other requirements of this merit badge so that others
can be made more aware of citizens with disabilities.
- Make a commitment to your merit badge counselor as to what
you will do in the future for those people with disabling conditions.
Discuss how your awareness has changed as a result of what you
BSA Advancement ID#: 60
Pamphlet Revision Date: 1993
Requirements last updated in 1993