Starting with the Scout First
This particular section of our website is geared toward youth on the autism spectrum who are in a scouting program or currently considering one. It also includes youth who have aged out of scouting but who might be going to back to serve as volunteers.
Autism Empowerment and Autism and Scouting Program starts with providing support for you.
We live in a world that often doesn’t understand or “get” autistic and Aspie minds. Many of us on the autism spectrum have expressed that it seems or feels like we are part of a different culture. Sometimes it may even feel like we’re from a different planet! You may not know this if you’re new to our website but Autism Empowerment, the organization which offers the Autism and Scouting program was founded by a family where all 4 have some sort of learning difference or disability. Three of the four are diagnosed on the autism spectrum and one has been diagnosed with dyslexia.
We tell you this because we want you to know that you’ve come to place where you can be yourself. We want you to find a home at the Autism and Scouting Program and to feel that you are accepted for who you are, inspired to be improve yourself, feel enriched by the information that you find and are empowered to be the best person that you can and advocate for yourself.
We invite you to look around our website and also check our Support Section for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
Resources for You
Giving you the resources and the tools you need to be successful is important to us. We have put together a list of different general topics with resources that you can use to help you be the best you.
If you see something not listed on these pages, please let us know and we will do our best to add resources for you.
Resource Directory (being linked soon)
One of the hardest thing is to feel like you are not given a chance or you don’t feel you fit in. Then on top of that you feel that people are picking on you just because you are trying to be you. You should never be made to feel bad for who you are.
Scouting should be a safe place where you should be safe to be yourself but sometimes this does not happen. Autism Empowerment is a Washington State Champion for both 2012 and 2013 and we are dedicated to making sure that you feel safe both in scouting and any other place that your journey takes you. Click on the Stop Bullying Now Link!
We want to give you the resources that you need to be successful in scouting and have fun. You many just want to go on the outing, do some camping or you may want to earn every badge or achieve the highest rank in your scouting program.
Whatever YOU are looking for, we want to be able to support you in this effort.
Don’t forget to have FUN and that scouting is a Journey.
Scouting Resources (Coming soon)