Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge


Disabilities Awareness




  1. Discuss with your counselor proper disability etiquette and person first language. Explain why these are important.
  2. Visit an agency that works with people with physical, mental, emotional, or educational disabilities. Collect and read information about the agency's activities. Learn about opportunities its members have for training, employment, and education.
  3. Do TWO of the following:
        A. Talk to a Scout who has a disability and learn about his experiences taking part in Scouting
              activities and earning different merit badges.
        B. Talk to an individual who has a disability and learn about this person's experiences and the activities
              in which this person likes to participate.
        C. Learn how people with disabilities take part in a particular adaptive sport or recreational activity.
              Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.
        D. Learn about independent living aids such as service animals, canes, and teletypewriters (TTYs).
              Discuss with your counselor how people use such aids.
  4. Visit TWO of the following locations and take notes about the accessibility to people with disabilities. In your notes, give examples of five things that could be done to improve upon the site and five things about the site that make it friendly to people with disabilities. Discuss your observations with your counselor.
        A. Your school
        B. Your place of worship
        C. Your Scout camping site
        D. A public exhibit or attraction (such as a theater, museum, or park)
  5. Explain what advocacy is. Do ONE of the following advocacy activities:
        A. Present a counselor approved disabilities awareness program to a Cub Scout pack or other group.
              During your presentation, explain and use person first language.
        B. Find out about disability awareness education programs in your school or school system, or contact
              a disability advocacy agency. Volunteer with a program or agency for eight hours.
        C. Using resources such as disability advocacy agencies, government agencies, the Internet (with your
              parent's permission), and news magazines, learn about myths and misconceptions that influence
              the general public's understanding of people with disabilities. List 10 myths and misconceptions
              about people with disabilities and learn the facts about each myth. Share your list with your
              counselor, then use it to make a presentation to a Cub Scout pack or other group.
  6. Make a commitment to your merit badge counselor describing what you will do to show a positive attitude about people with disabilities and to encourage positive attitudes among others. Discuss how your awareness has changed as a result of what you have learned.
  7. Name five professions that provide services to people with disabilities. Pick one that interests you and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss what you learn with your counselor, and tell why this profession interests you.

Disabilities Awareness Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.