Virginia Unit Locator 2017-10-20T21:43:11+00:00

Virginia 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.

Virginia Autism Friendly Scouting 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

Cub Scout Pack 18

Church of Christ
2107 Feather Road
Vinton, VA 24179

Rick Wimmer – (540) 309-1155

Rick Wimmer –

Cub Scout Pack 18 is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council and meets at the Church of Christ at Vinton. They serve boys from 1st grade to 5th grade and are welcoming to all abilities. This Pack will be receiving an Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scout Troop 233

Cradock Troop 233
Portsmouth, Virginia

Becky Long – Committee Chair – (757) 397-9636

Becky Long – 

Cradock Boy Scout Troop 233 serves boys from aged 11 – 18. This Pack will be receiving an Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Cub Scout Pack 212

tidewatercouncilAldersgate United Methodist Church
4320 Bruce Road
Chesapeake, VA 23321

Cynthia Roberts – Committee Chair / Webmaster – (757) 619-4523

Cynthia Roberts –

Award-winning Cub Scout Pack 212 is sponsored by Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Chespeake, Virginia. Our Pack has warmly welcomed the boys of this community for the past 39 years. Our scouts join us mainly from Western Branch, Churchland, and Suffolk. All boys are welcome – you do not have to be a member of the church in order to join. After our Cub Scout graduates to the Boy Scout level, he may choose to join our brothers in Troop 212 here at Aldersgate UMC.

In order to be a cub scout, your boy needs to have completed Kindergarten (usually age 6 or 7), and boys remain cub scouts until graduation from fifth grade (usually age 10 or 11).

Our pack is part of the Tidewater Council in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Tidewater Council covers Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and the counties of North Carolina just south of the border. We are in the Three Rivers District, which is comprised of scouting units located in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and South Norfolk.

The Pack meets at Aldersgate UMC once a month, and Den meetings convene 1 to 4 times per month. Den meetings are coordinated and scheduled by the den leaders. Everyone is encouraged to participate in our many fun-filled activities. We have about 55 scouts (and siblings). This pack is welcoming to all abilities and will be receiving an Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

Boy Scout Troop 9

Market Street United Methodist Church
131 S Cameron St
Winchester, VA  22601

Ben Mathis – (540) 722-3322

Cinthy Getzharner (Assistant) –

This pack is located in the Shawnee District of the Shenandoah Area Council. They have 16 scouts and are welcoming to all abilities. They serve ages 11 – 18. They will be receiving an Autism and Scouting Leadership Training Kit.

How to Get my Unit, District, Council or Program Listed

    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.

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