This book is for anyone who works with, parents, or is a neurodiverse Scout. You might be:
- A Leader of Youth (Cub Scout Leader, Scout Leader, etc.) who wants to lead neurodiverse young people more effectively
- A Group Leader who wants to make sure that everyone in their local community can be part of Scouting
- A parent who wants to help their child get the most out of Scouting
- A neurodiverse young person who wants to enjoy Scouting more
My goal is to equip you with the resources and tips you’ll need to transition your group into being more accessible for neurodiverse Scouts. Rather than targeting individual Scouts, the advice here is designed to be applied to your whole unit, so you can make an environment everyone can achieve their best in.
Across this website, we’ll explore what it means to have a neurodiverse Scout group and give you a variety of strategies to help ensure everyone can be part of your Scout group. One section is for leaders and introduces the concept of neurodiverse Scout groups and how we can use the Plan>Do>Review process to make our program more accessible. The other section is for parents, and provides a variety of resources to help you support your child’s involvement in Scouting. There’s tips for preparing your child for camps and other Scouting activities, how to work effectively with your child’s leaders, and some explanation of what support you can expect from Scouting.
No matter how much experience you’ve had with Scouting or with neurodiversity, there’s hopefully something new hidden in these pages to have more fun, help you lead confidently and compassionately, ultimately enjoy Scouting more.
Throughout this website, I’ve used the term ‘Scouts’ to describe all members of Scouting – Joeys or Keas, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers or Explorers, and Rovers – no matter where you are from, your gender, or your age. Where the term ‘Leader’ has been used, it refers to any adult member of Scouting responsible for helping Scouts grow, whether as a unit leader or leader of youth, a commissioner, a non-uniformed adult helper, or someone else with an ancillary role within Scouting.
This book is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. In plain English, this means are are welcome (and invited!) to:
- Share this book with other people for free – send it to other leaders, upload it to the web, email it, or distribute it in any format.
- Photocopy or print parts which are useful for you, parents, your youth members or anyone else you know.
- Adapt it: remix, transform and build on the material. Feel free to turn it into posters, brochures, translate it into Easy English or another language, and build upon what’s already here.
Please, however, also make sure that you:
- Attribute the author: You must give appropriate credit – including my name, Jonas Anderson, and the title (The Neurodiverse Scout Group) where possible – and indicate if you have made any changes. It’s not ok for you do to this in a way which suggests I endorse you or your use of the material.
- You cannot use this material for commercial purposes: It’s not ok to sell it for a profit or turn it into something which people need to pay for except to cover your costs. For example, it’s ok to charge what it costs to print a copy out, but it’s not ok to run an expensive training course which results in profit for you or your Scout group.
- If you do remix, transform or build on this material, you need to distribute your contributions under the same licence. Check out the Creative Commons website for more help here.