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Scouting Is for Everyone More proof that we have a place for any young person.

ON MANY OCCASIONS when I am asked to speak at a local organization or BSA event, I begin my remarks with these thoughts: “Every baby boy is evidence that God is not yet discouraged with men. Every boy is an invitation for us to try again. And every boy deserves our best efforts. What kind of boy is he? Any kind. His skin may be any color. He can live in any kind of house. He may be a healthy, alert youth or one with special challenges. He can be any kind of boy — but the magic of a uniform gets him off to an

even start — and there is a place for him in Scouting.” Making Scouting available to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers with special needs is some of the most important and rewarding work we do. And witnessing how Scouting’s values and life lessons come alive in young people with special needs thanks to our adaptive methods brings a whole new definition to what we mean by delivering a quality Scouting experience. Here’s a real-life example: Karson

Dieter, 12, of Visalia, Calif., is a Scout in the Sequoia Council. He was playing outside when he spotted an 80-year-old woman being attacked by a pit bull. He quickly came to her aid, grabbing a stick and raising it over his head to scare the dog away.

“It is heartwarming that a child like him could

think of something to pull that dog so he would get off of me,” says Emojean McDonald, who credits Karson with saving her life. The Sequoia Council and Scout Executive John

Richers recognized Karson’s heroism, and the National Court of Honor awarded him an Honor Medal. By the way, Karson is autistic. He has difficulty

forming relationships and communicating with others. His parents say that while it’s tough for Karson to articulate, his message

Karson Dieter

about this heroic experience is that just because you’re autistic or have other special needs, it doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish great things.

Scoutîng VOL. 102, NO. 1  JAN-FEB 2014

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