Please help me to also keep our network of scouts, parents and leaders growing. The more people we have, the more ideas that we can share together the better it will be for all of us. In addition to leaving feedback here, you can always post your comments on our Facebook Page - Autism and Scouting.
In Australia, they have a program that is close to the USA's Cub Scout program but they call their leadership positions Sixers and Seconds. The Sixer is the scout leader and the Second is the second in charge. They also use a visual wall poster to explain the duties of each. I think the visual portion is a great addition especially for those that have issues around communication and who tend to think more visually. Many schools for special needs kiddos use visual schedules or storyboards and for those who have those issues, it would be one more fairly simple to implement accommodation that would help in the scouting experience.
Regarding disclosure of your scout's condition to others, please see my 3 part blog series on Autism Diagnosis Disclosure:
When, Where & How - Part 1
Our Autism Spectrum Disclosure Experience in Scouting - Part 2
Autism Spectrum Disclosure - Final Thoughts - Part 3
In your meeting with leadership, explain your concerns and ask if the leadership think the scout is ready to take on bigger challenges. You may be surprised that they might be. It's natural to want to protect them out of love and concern for their well-being but it's amazing how often our children can surprise us and themselves with what they are capable of.
I realize that I have written this in a style that may seem to be for parents but if you are a scout, scout leader or caregiver happening into the blog, I hope you will find benefit here as well and tailor it to your own personal situation.
He loves the position and has really stepped up and is coming out of his shell. In meetings now he makes announcements about the website and asks people to send in photos. He takes his digital camera to scouting events and takes photos for the website. This has made scouting more exciting and enjoyable for him, while at the same time teaching him more responsibility and leadership. It has also allowed him the opportunity to verbally and socially interact with boys in his troop of all ages who he might not have otherwise been as quick to feel comfortable with.