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== Viewing the online Guide ==
== Viewing the online Guide ==
The Guide to Safe Scouting is available in the following formats:
The Guide to Safe Scouting is available in the following formats:
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*[https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/toc/ On-line reading of the May 2017 version] &mdash; this version is divided into chapters and includes a search engine. By June 1, 2018, the online version is expected to be updated to match the May 2018 PDF version.
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*[https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/toc/ On-line reading] &mdash; this version is divided into chapters and includes a search engine.
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*[http://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdf Download the May 2018 version for off-line reading] {{PDF}}:the entire publication is presented in a single interface to facilitate print-out.
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*[http://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdf Download for off-line reading] {{PDF}}:the entire publication is presented in a single interface to facilitate print-out.
*A printed version (December 2015) is also available at your local Scout shop, or from [https://www.scoutshop.org/guide-to-safe-scouting-618622.html ScoutShop.org].
*A printed version (December 2015) is also available at your local Scout shop, or from [https://www.scoutshop.org/guide-to-safe-scouting-618622.html ScoutShop.org].
== Content ==
== Content ==
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The Table of Contents for the 2017 version of the guide is listed below along with links to the online (HTML) version of the guide. By June 1, 2018, the online (HTML) guide will be updated to correspond to the 2018 PDF guide.
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The Table of Contents for the May 2018 version of the guide is listed below along with links to the online (HTML) version of the guide.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss01/ '''I. Youth Protection & Adult Leadership'''] The Boy Scouts of America has adopted a number of policies aimed at eliminating opportunities for abuse within the Scouting program. These policies focus on leadership selection and on placing barriers to abuse within the program.
: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss01/ '''I. Youth Protection & Adult Leadership'''] The Boy Scouts of America has adopted a number of policies aimed at eliminating opportunities for abuse within the Scouting program. These policies focus on leadership selection and on placing barriers to abuse within the program.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss02 '''II. Aquatics Safety'''] [[Safe Swim Defense]] and [[Safety Afloat]] training can be given by any person authorized by the council, including a BSA Aquatics resource person, a unit leader with aquatics skill, or any other person with aquatics knowledge or experience whom the local council has approved.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss02 '''II. Aquatics Safety'''] Topics: Resource Material, Aquatics Leadership Training Programs, Responsibilities of Supervisory Personnel, [[Safe Swim Defense]], BSA Aquatics Play Structure Policy, [[BSA swimmer test|Classification of Swimming Ability]], Distance and Competitive Swimming in Open Water, Snorkeling in Open Water, BSA Scuba Policy, [[Safety Afloat]], Tow Sports
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss03 '''III. Camping'''] Guidelines for Safe Camping, Trail Safety, Hazardous Weather, Health issues and other camping related issues.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss03 '''III. Camping'''] Topics: Age Guidelines, Family Camping, Cub Scout Overnight Opportunities, Scouts BSA Camping, Venturing Camping, Sea Scout Camping, [[Trek Safely]], and Lightning Risk Reduction.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss04 '''IV. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs'''] The Boy Scouts of America prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss04 '''IV. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use and Abuse'''] The Boy Scouts of America prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss05 '''V. Medical Information and First Aid'''] It is recommended that all members of the Boy Scouts of America have periodic [[Annual Health & Medical Record|medical evaluations]] by a licensed health-care practitioner. First aid is the first help or immediate care given someone who has suddenly sickened or been hurt in an accident. First-aid training continues through the program of the Boy Scouts of America as concrete evidence that we are prepared to help others in need.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss05 '''V. Medical Information and First Aid'''] Topics: Personal Health and the [[Annual Health and Medical Record]], Medication Use in Scouting, Immunizations, Local Council Membership/Participation Guidelines Regarding Life-Threatening Protection Consideration for Blood and Bodily Fluids (Universal Precautions) Communicable Diseases, and [[First Aid]] and [[CPR]] Training
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss06 '''VI. Chemical Fuels and Equipment'''] Guidelines for Safely Using Chemical Fuels and Fire Prevention.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss06 '''VI. Chemical Fuels and Equipment'''] Guidelines for how to safely store, handle, and use chemical fuels and equipment.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss07 '''VII. Guns and Firearms'''] The Boy Scouts of America adheres to its longstanding policy of teaching its youth and [[adult members]] the safe, responsible, intelligent handling, care, and use of firearms, airguns, and BB guns in planned, carefully managed, and supervised programs.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss07 '''VII. Activity Planning and Risk Assessment'''] Topics: Policy Regarding Prohibited and Unauthorized Activities, Unauthorized and Restricted Activities, Activity Planning and Risk Assessment, and the [[Sweet 16 of BSA Safety]].
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss08 '''VIII. Sports and Activities'''] The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss08 '''VIII. Sports and Activities'''] Topics: Shooting Sports, Caving, Canyoneering, Climbing and Rappelling, Project COPE Activities, Slacklining, Knives, Parade Floats and Hayrides, Unit Fund-raisers, Bike Safety, Skating Safety, and Horsemanship Activities.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss10 '''IX. Insurance''']
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss10 '''IX. Insurance'''] Topics: Comprehensive General Liability Insurance, Automobile Liability Insurance, Chartered Organizations for Scouting Units, Accident and Sickness Coverage, Coverage for Non-Owned Boats Used in Scouting Activities, and Unauthorized and Restricted Activities.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss11 '''X. Transportation'''] Established public carriers—trains, buses, and commercial airlines—are the safest and most comfortable way for groups to travel. Chartered buses usually are the most economical transportation for groups of 20 or more.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss11 '''X. Transportation'''] Topics: Automobiles, SUVs, and Vans, Campers, Trailers, and Trucks, Buses, Commercial Driver’s License Compliance, and For-Hire Motor Carriers of Passengers (Charter Buses).
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss12 '''XI. Winter Activities'''] There is magic to camping in winter. It is one of the most advanced and challenging of outdoor adventures
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss12 '''XI. Winter Activities'''] Topics: Winter Camping Safety and Winter Sports Safety.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss13 '''XII. Animal and Insect Hazards''']
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss13 '''XII. Animal and Insect Hazards'''] Topics: Hantavirus, Rabies Prevention, Lyme Disease, and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss14 '''XIII. Incident Reporting''']
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss14 '''XIII. Incident Reporting'''] Incident Reviews.
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gssax '''Appendix''']
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gssax '''Appendix'''] Includes: Motor Vehicle and Driver Checklist, Meeting Place Inspection Checklist, Flying Plan Checklist, Unit Money-Earning Application, Incident Reporting Tool, Near Miss Reporting Tool, Youth Protection/Membership Infraction Incident Information Form, Service Project Planning Guidelines, Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations, Campout Safety Checklist, and Event Safety Checklist.
==G2SS Revision History==
==G2SS Revision History==
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==See also==
==See also==
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* [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/video/ ''Scouting Safety Begins With Leadership'' (Video)] &mdash; Scouting.org
 
* [[Age-Appropriate Guidelines]] tells what youth can and cannot do in each program.
* [[Age-Appropriate Guidelines]] tells what youth can and cannot do in each program.
{{First Aid Links}}
{{First Aid Links}}
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* [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/video/ ''Scouting Safety Begins With Leadership'' (Video)] &mdash; Scouting.org
[[Category:Safe Scouting]]
[[Category:Safe Scouting]]

Current revision

Guide to Safe Scouting

First edition:
Latest edition:May 2018
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HTML version
Paper version (December 2015)
BSA Supply Number:34416
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G2SS

Contents

Preface

All participants in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting and applicable program literature or manuals, and be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede Boy Scouts of America practices, policies, and guidelines. The Guide to Safe Scouting is an overview of Scouting policies and procedures gleaned from a variety of sources. For some items, the policy statements are complete. For others, unit leaders are expected to review the additional reference material cited prior to conducting such activities.

In situations not specifically covered in this guide, activity planners should evaluate the risk or potential risk of harm, and respond with action plans based on common sense, community standards, the Boy Scout motto, and safety policies and practices commonly prescribed for the activity by experienced providers and practitioners. Perhaps this quote by Sir Robert Baden-Powell from his 1914 book Quick Training for War is appropriate to include here:

“... The books lay down definite principles and examples which serve to guide the leaders when applying their common sense to the situation before them. No two situations are ever precisely the same, and it is therefore impossible to lay down exact rules that should guide in every case, but a man who carries precedents and principles in his head has no difficulty in applying their teaching in supreme moments of sudden emergency ...”

Guide to Safe Scouting (2018)

Viewing the online Guide

The Guide to Safe Scouting is available in the following formats:

  • On-line reading — this version is divided into chapters and includes a search engine.
  • Download for off-line reading Adobe Acrobat PDF:the entire publication is presented in a single interface to facilitate print-out.
  • A printed version (December 2015) is also available at your local Scout shop, or from ScoutShop.org.

Content

The Table of Contents for the May 2018 version of the guide is listed below along with links to the online (HTML) version of the guide.

I. Youth Protection & Adult Leadership The Boy Scouts of America has adopted a number of policies aimed at eliminating opportunities for abuse within the Scouting program. These policies focus on leadership selection and on placing barriers to abuse within the program.
II. Aquatics Safety Topics: Resource Material, Aquatics Leadership Training Programs, Responsibilities of Supervisory Personnel, Safe Swim Defense, BSA Aquatics Play Structure Policy, Classification of Swimming Ability, Distance and Competitive Swimming in Open Water, Snorkeling in Open Water, BSA Scuba Policy, Safety Afloat, Tow Sports
III. Camping Topics: Age Guidelines, Family Camping, Cub Scout Overnight Opportunities, Scouts BSA Camping, Venturing Camping, Sea Scout Camping, Trek Safely, and Lightning Risk Reduction.
IV. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use and Abuse The Boy Scouts of America prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members.
V. Medical Information and First Aid Topics: Personal Health and the Annual Health and Medical Record, Medication Use in Scouting, Immunizations, Local Council Membership/Participation Guidelines Regarding Life-Threatening Protection Consideration for Blood and Bodily Fluids (Universal Precautions) Communicable Diseases, and First Aid and CPR Training
VI. Chemical Fuels and Equipment Guidelines for how to safely store, handle, and use chemical fuels and equipment.
VII. Activity Planning and Risk Assessment Topics: Policy Regarding Prohibited and Unauthorized Activities, Unauthorized and Restricted Activities, Activity Planning and Risk Assessment, and the Sweet 16 of BSA Safety.
VIII. Sports and Activities Topics: Shooting Sports, Caving, Canyoneering, Climbing and Rappelling, Project COPE Activities, Slacklining, Knives, Parade Floats and Hayrides, Unit Fund-raisers, Bike Safety, Skating Safety, and Horsemanship Activities.
IX. Insurance Topics: Comprehensive General Liability Insurance, Automobile Liability Insurance, Chartered Organizations for Scouting Units, Accident and Sickness Coverage, Coverage for Non-Owned Boats Used in Scouting Activities, and Unauthorized and Restricted Activities.
X. Transportation Topics: Automobiles, SUVs, and Vans, Campers, Trailers, and Trucks, Buses, Commercial Driver’s License Compliance, and For-Hire Motor Carriers of Passengers (Charter Buses).
XI. Winter Activities Topics: Winter Camping Safety and Winter Sports Safety.
XII. Animal and Insect Hazards Topics: Hantavirus, Rabies Prevention, Lyme Disease, and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses.
XIII. Incident Reporting Incident Reviews.
Appendix Includes: Motor Vehicle and Driver Checklist, Meeting Place Inspection Checklist, Flying Plan Checklist, Unit Money-Earning Application, Incident Reporting Tool, Near Miss Reporting Tool, Youth Protection/Membership Infraction Incident Information Form, Service Project Planning Guidelines, Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations, Campout Safety Checklist, and Event Safety Checklist.

G2SS Revision History

2018 Updates

I. Youth Protection and Adult Leadership Revised Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse.
II. Aquatics Safety Revised the BSA Aquatics Play Structure Policy and Classification of Swimming Ability sections.
III. Camping Updated all of the camping content and deleted the Treating Drinking Water section.
V. Medical Information and First Aid Deleted Protection Consideration for Blood and Bodily Fluids (Universal Precautions) section.
VII. Activity Planning and Risk Assessment Moved the Activity Planning and Risk Assessment, The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety, and the Unauthorized and Restricted Activities sections that were in the Shooting Sports chapter to this chapter and renamed it.
VIII. Sports and Activities Moved the content of the Shooting Sports chapter to sections within this chapter, and moved the Activity Planning and Risk Assessment, The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety, and the Unauthorized and Restricted Activities sections to a new chapter: VII. Activity Planning and Risk Assessment.
XIII. Incident Reporting Updated chapter.
Appendix Added the Incident Reporting Tool and Near Miss Reporting Tool and updated the Youth Protection/Membership/Infraction Incident Information Form.

2017 Updates

March
Updated throughout to remove references to tour and activity plan.
VIII. Sports and Activities The entire chapter was updated and a Canyoneering section was added.
May
IX. Insurance Updated the Coverage for Non-Owned Boats Used in Scouting Activities and the Accident and Sickness Coverage sections.
Appendix Updated the Motor Vehicle and Driver, Flying Plan, and Campout Safety checklists.

2011 Updates

March
In the past, the Guide to Safe Scouting has been a unit leader’s guide for activities. This new version addresses other activities at the council and district levels. While some of the literature provides guidance for district and council activities, the primary focus is for unit leaders conducting unit activities.

Miscellaneous

The BSA Ready & Prepared Award

The BSA Ready & Prepared Award encourages and rewards Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews that incorporate safe practices while enjoying challenging activities. While working to earn the award, units emphasize risk management as a way to help reduce fatalities and serious injury.

Related awards

Aquatic-related awards
Emergency Preparedness-related awards
Outdoor-related awards


See also

External links

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