Boy Scout troops offer more than just merit badges.
They offer friendship, peer interaction and the chance to try new things. That’s why the Center for Autism and Dyslexia recently began Boy Scout Troop 0330, open to boys ages 11-18 with special needs.
“We like to teach social skills to our students and we thought the troop would tie in with that,” said Center administrator Neil Allen.
The troop meets every other Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Center, 7430 Timberstone Dr., and is open to boys with special needs who are public school or homeschooled students. By limiting membership to those with special needs, the troop can move at its own pace, working on many of the same badges as a traditional troop, but with a different set of guidelines.
“Boy Scouts try a lot of new things. Some of our students don’t like change, so the troop is something we hope will help them with that,” said Allen. “We also hope to provide service to others, possibly with a litter cleanup project in the community.”
The troop is part of the Black Swamp Area Council, and is led by one of the center’s upper elementary school teachers.
For more information on the troop,
call the Center at 567-525-4487.