July 26th, 2012 – Tony Mei and working with scouts with disAbilities –
Autism and Scouting Radio welcome Tony Mei the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Chair for working with scouts with disAbilities. We talk about the state of the Boy Scouts when it comes to adult leaders working with scouts with Autism and other differing abilities. This show is used as a basis for many of the following shows with Tony.
August 10th, 2012 – 2013 disAbilities Challenge –
We welcome back Tony Mei who has been a Boy Scout leader for over 41 years and an advocate for scouts with differing abilities. In this show we talk to Tony about his role as Chair of the 2013 Jamboree’s disAbilities Challenge (dAC) and its aims to teach scouts who attend the 2013 National Jamboree about scouts with differing abilities. We talk also about the history of the dAC and its growth.
August 19th, 2012 – Tony Mei and website Working With Scouts with disAbilities .
Tony not only volunteers with the BSA directly and supporting youth with special needs, he is also one of the founders of the website Working With Scouts with disAbilities. He is the current website webmaster and also helped develop the ISAP (Individual Scout Advancement Plan) which is an IEP for Scouts to help with their advancements.
September 12th 2012 – BSA National Special Needs Committee
– Tony is back talking with Autism and Scouting Radio about his work as the National BSA Special Needs Committee Chair. We peal back the curtain and take a look behind the scenes on how this committee works and what the plans for the future are.
October 3rd, 2012 – Advancement and ISAP –
Today we have one of the people who has been on the cutting edge of advancement for those with special needs and differing abilities. Tony has worked as an adult Boy Scout Leader for 41 years many of those advocating for the needs of those with different abilities and trying to ensure that those that want to take part in scouting can. Tony is one of the creators of the ISAP (Individual Scout Advancement Plan) which is an IEP for Scouts to help with their advancements. We go over an the ISAP and how to use it.
November 7th, 2012 – 2013 Jamboree and disAbilities Challenge.
Tony comes back to Autism and Scouting radio to share with the listeners what is being prepared for the scouts for the upcoming Jamboree. We go over all of the different stations including for the first time a station that includes Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder.
December 5th 2013 – Scout Extensions and IEP for Scouts
– Tony may comes back on air with Autism and Scouting Radio to talk about the difference between Scout Extensions and having a scout being reclassified that would allow a scout to stay and work on advancements past the age of eligibility. If you have a scout that in in Boy Scouts and has Autism or any other disability, this is a show that is a must listen.
Tony currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is still very active in scout and the special needs community within scouts. He was part of Troop 1 that was located in Saudi Arabia and is the first scout to ever earn a merit badge from a native of Saudi (Firemanship from the Dhahran Fire Chief Shaheen), he also help found the first explorer post Italy as was post president from 1965- 1966. Outside of Scouting, Tony worked for the California Department of Transportation and the US Corps of Engineers.
His drive to work with scouts with disabilities comes from the work with his son Andrew who has Down Syndrome. He is the co-founder of the website Working With Scouts with disAbilities (WWSWD). He is the current webmaster and was part of a team that created the first IEP for scouts called ISAP. He has been a great supporter of Autism Empowerment and the Autism and Scouting Program.
Tony has 41 years as a Scout Leader and has held almost every positions within the Boy Scouts of America. Tony has been a Tiger Den Leader, Assistant Den Leader, Den Leader, Assistant Webelos Den Leader, Webelos Den Leader, Assistant Cubmaster, Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Council Training Committee, Council Advancement Committee, Unit Commissioner, BS Roundtable Commissioner, District Commissioner, staff member National Jamboree disAbilities Awareness Challenge, Team Leader National Jamboree , Philmont Instructor, Council Vice President of Programs, Council Executive Board, Woodbadge Instructor, Woodbadge Course Director, NCAC Commissioner Collage, Member at Large for Boy Scouts of America, Chair of Special Needs Committee (Special Needs Scouting Task Force)and Instructor at many different levels of scouting.
Scouting Awards and Achievements
Here is just a sampling of some of Tony’s Awards
- Eagle Scout – 1963
- OA Ordeal – 1993
- Scoutmaster Award of Merit – 1994
- OA Brotherhood – 1996
- Scoutmasters Key – 1996
- Community Organizer Award – 1996
- Award of Merit – 1997
- Woodbadge Beads – 1997 – Eagle Patrol
- James E. West Fellow – 2005
- Commissioner Arrowhead – 2006
- Commissioners Key – 2007
- Distinguished Commissioner – 2007
- Silver Beaver – 2008
- Doctor of Commissioner Science – 2009