Illinois Unit Locator 2017-10-20T21:43:13+00:00

Illinois Autism Friendly Scouting Unit Locator

Listed on this page are Scouting Units that have committed to practicing inclusion and accepting scouts in their units of all abilities. If a unit specifically designates itself as a Special Needs Unit, it will be indicated as such.

Units listed have committed to doing their best to providing a welcoming and accepting atmosphere and will establish best practices to make their units more sensory-friendly.  These units have made contact with us and have agreed to the five points listed under “How to Get my Unit, District, Council or Program Listed” section below.

Indicates that the unit has a Unit Special Needs Coordinator, Autism Support Specialist or similar position.

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Listing of Units

Boy Scout Foxfire District – Three Rivers Council 

FF-Logo4Serving: Marywood, Moecherville, Scraper, North Aurora, & Aurora School Districts #129 & #131

Zip Codes – 60504, 60505, 60506, 60542

Contact: Sean Williams – wdw327@mchsi.com

http://foxfiredistrict.org/

The Foxfire District is very active and committed to making scouting available for scouts of all abilities. Sean Williams serves on the Leadership Advisory Committee that developed the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Pathfinder District – Northwest Suburban Council

pathfinder_logo_0A Scouting district is a geographical area of the BSA local council, determined by the council executive board. District  leaders mobilize resources to ensure the growth and success of Scouting units within the district’s territory.

Pathfinder District is located in the Northwest  Suburban Council of Boy Scouts of America.  The district includes the towns of Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, and Schaumburg in northeast Illinois.

Contact: Kelly Behnke  (847) 638-5355

Kelly Behnke – kelly.behnke@comcast.net

http://pathfinder.nwsc.org/

The Pathfinder District is dedicated to making all of the units within its District open and welcoming to youth with autism and all abilities. Kelly Behnke serves on the Leadership Advisory Committee that developed the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scout Troop 3 “Bob’s Hill Boys”

406 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506

Contact: Bob Lundquist – Unit Special Needs Coordinator  (630) 328-6561

Boy Scout Troop 3 Website

Troop3Logo-0This is a Boy Scout Unit located in Aurora, IL led by Scoutmaster Tim Jungeis. This unit has a dedicated person who is the Unit Special Needs Coordinator to ensure that youth and their families are welcomed into the unit and get the support that they need. The Unit does yearly training on working with youth with special needs and in early 2014 will be holding a Special Needs Awareness Night.  They request that all youth fill out a sensory form in order that no scout feels singled out or brings attention to any one scout or family. They support boys from age 10 (5th grade) to age 18. They are chartered by New England Congregational Church and they are open to welcoming all. You can also contact the Committee Chair, Brian Vincent for more information.

Special Needs Crew 88 (Boys and Girls)

406 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506

Contact: Chris Hansen  – Unit Special Needs Coordinator – Phone (630) 362-3629

Contact: Sean Williams – Crew Advisor – wdw327@mchsi.com

Facebook Page – Crew 88

Crew 88 is a BSA Adventure Crew consisting of girls and boys that range in age from 14 – 20. About half of the unit has members that are on the autism spectrum.  The focus of the unit is built around teaching life skills. The Crew Advisor is Sean Williams who is also the District Special Needs Committee Chair.  The unit also has a Unit Special Needs Coordinator (Chris Hansen) who makes sure that all of the needs of the youth and families are taken care of. They are chartered by New England Congregational Church and they are open to welcoming all.  You can  also contact Duane Wefte who is the Committee Chair.

Sean Williams serves on the Leadership Advisory Committee that developed the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

 Boy Scout Troop 194

Church of the Holy Spirit
1451 W. Bode Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194

Contact: Kelly Behnke – (847) 638-5355

Kelly Behnke  kelly.behnke@comcast.net

http://www.troop194.nwsc.org

https://www.facebook.com/Pathfinder.NWSC

Troop 194 has a charter with the Church of the Holy Spirit and utilizes their meeting space. 194 Patch

This is a smaller Troop that is very much open to working with all scouts and all abilities. This unit works with youth from the 5th grade through age 18. Kelly Behnke serves on the Leadership Advisory Committee that developed the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Cub Scout Pack 179

Trinity Lutheran Church
RT 134
Ingleside, IL 60041

Contact: Dori Evans – 847-587-4237

Dori Evans – dori1588@sbcglobal.net 

http://cubscoutpack179.com

LogoUnit493Cub scout Pack 179 serves boys from 1st grade to 5th grade. This Pack will be receiving the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Pack 179 is located in Ingleside, IL. Our Charter Organization is Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. We are in the Northstar District of the Northeast Illinois Council, Boy Scouts of America. Our Pack was first chartered on April 1st, 1952.

Dens meet on most Thursday nights during the school year. Most of the meetings are held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church located on Rt. 134 between Wilson Rd and Fairfield Road in Ingleside, IL at 7 PM. Pack meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month with some exceptions also at Trinity.

Venturing Crew 37

St. Peter Lutheran Church
202 E Schaumburg Rd,
Schaumburg, IL 60194

Contact: Diane Neumann – (224) 456-7133

Diane Neumann – dianeneumann@hotmail.com 

Venturing Crew 37 is a program of the Boy Scouts of America that serves both boys and girls from age 14 to 20. They will receive an Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Cub Scout Pack 319

Big Rock, IL

Contact for meeting place.

Contact: Bridget Bulthaup (Committee Chair) – (630) 556-4118

Bridget Bulthaup – tandb36@mchsi.com

Cub Scout Pack 319 serves boys from first grade through fifth grade. They will receive an Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scout Troop 306

St. Agnes Catholic Church
2651 S. Central Park
Chicago, IL 60623

Contact: Thomas Zriny (Scoutmaster) – (773) 582-0356

Thomas Zriny – eagle306@comcast.net 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/106248536077883/

Boy Scout Troop 306 serves boys from age 11 – 18. They have been serving the community of South Lawndale, Little Village, 26th Street and St. Agnes Catholic Church continuously since 1931. This unit will be receiving the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scout Troop 227

Living Lord Lutheran Church
1044 Congress Drive
Bartlett, IL 60103

Contact: Kevin Wills (630) 289-4358

Kevin Wills – scouts_kmw@yahoo.com

http://troop227bartlett.org/

Boy ScoutsA Boy Scout Troop is the next level up from your boys time in Cub Scouts. However, Boy Scouting is much more than just a next step. Boy Scouts take all of the years of learning in the Cub scouts and applies them independently as they grow into leaders. Each Scout is allowed the opportunity to rise to a level of leadership within the Troop. The tasks are much more challenging and will help the boys develop the skills necessary to become leaders not only in the Troop, but also in life.

Boy Scout Troop serves boys from age 11 – 18. This unit will be receiving the Autism and Scouting Training Kit.

Cub Scout Pack 7048

First Christian Church
1001 S. Cherry Street
West Frankfort, IL 62896

Contact: Molly Smith (Committee Chair) – (618) 218-9450

Molly Smith – mollys1973@yahoo.com

Cub Scout Pack 7048 serves boys from the 1st grade through 5th grade. This unit will receive the Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scout Troop 7127

309 W. Elm Street
West Frankfort, IL 62896

Contact: Schannone Steinberger (Committee Chair) – (618) 937-4101

Schannone Steinberger – schannone@me.com

Boy Scout Troop 7127 serves boys from age 11 – 18. Schannone also promotes Disabilities Awareness throughout their District. This unit will receive an Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scout Troop 235 – North Woods District

St. Emily Church
1400 E. Central Rd.
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Contact: Chris Koch – Membership Chair – (224) 234-4401

Chris Koch – samiedog2006@wcwway.com

http://troop235.nwsc.org/

Troop 235 hosted its first meeting in 1964, which made 2013 the 49th anniversary of the inception of Troop 235. They currently have approximately 30 active scouts ranging in age from 11 to 18 and representing every rank from Scout to Eagle.

They also have a long tradition of Scouts earning Eagle and even have families in our Troop with multiple generations who earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of our Troop. They have scouts from over 10 local schools (St. Emily, Euclid, Fairview, Lincoln, River Trails, Hersey H.S., Notre Dame H.S., Prospect H.S., Wheeling H.S. and St. Viator H.S.. They are chartered by St. Emily Catholic Church and accept scouts from all backgrounds and religious beliefs. They are a boy-run troop with a focus on leadership, camping and achievements.

This unit will be receiving an Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scout Troop 392 & Venturing Crew- NWSC

Our Savior’s United Methodist Church
701 E. Schaumburg Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194

Contact: Jeff Acks – Committee Chair – (630) 546-2125

Jeff Acks – J.acks@hpparks.org

http://www.bsatroop392.org

troop_392Boy Scout Troop 392 meets every Tuesday at the Our Saviours United Methodist Church on Schaumburg Road at 7:00 pm. If  interested you’re welcome to show up!

Venturing provides an experience for older boys and girls who are anywhere from 15 to 21 years old. Venture crews engage in many high adventure activites like, scuba diving, rock climbing, sailing, motorboating, and much much more. Venturing is a great thing to do, and we’re always very interested in new members!

To find out when the next meeting is, please contact scoutmaster@bsatroop392.org or crewmaster@bsatroop392.org. This group will receive an Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scout Hudson Troop 0957

Hudson United Methodist Church
212 E. Franklin Street
Hudson, IL 61748

Contact: Anne Portz – Asst. Scoutmaster – (309) 261-7717

Anne Portz – aportz1@aol.com

https://sites.google.com/site/hudsontroop957/

bsa0957Hudson Troop 0957 is a Boy Scout unit that serves boys from 11 – 18.  Troop 957 meets on Tuesday nights and goes on one campout per month including a week long summer camp.  All of our scouts strive for advancement and a high number of our troop’s scouts become Eagle scouts. Troop 957 is chartered by the Hudson Lions Club and is active in service projects in and around the Hudson area.  This group will receive an Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

How to Get my Unit, District, Council or Program Listed[/fusion_title/]
    Please submit the following information:

    • Name of the Unit
    • Mailing address
    • Contact Name(s), position, email address and/or phone number
    • Any Social Media Links or Website links for your program
    • Any special information you’d like to share (optional)
    In order to be listed, we also need to have an e-mail or letter by one of the unit leaders committing to the following for your unit:

    • To practice inclusion and accept scouts into your unit of all abilities.
    • To provide a sensory break area or have a plan in place to provide breaks for scouts that may need one.
    • To show acceptance and work with each scout’s family to make sure they are also part of each scout’s journey. This also helps the unit leadership understand any strengths, learning styles, challenges or triggers that each youth may have.
    • To provide youth and adult training on disability awareness at least once every twelve months.
    • To be willing to learn about autism, ASD and any other co-condition the scout is living with.

    The Autism and Scouting Program is happy to provide you with leadership and volunteer training resources upon request. We highly recommend having each scout in your unit have a sensory questionnaire or profile on file.

    Submit to scouting@autismempowerment.org

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