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{{Alert|'''UPDATE!''' (03/04/11) – A new version (2011 Edition) of the '''Guide to Safe Scouting''' is now available.
 
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{{Quote-source|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.
 
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There are two versions of the Guide to Safe Scouting, an online version and a .pdf version that is easy to print. The online version is updated each quarter and provides the most current information. The printed version is updated every two years.|[http://scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/HealthandSafety/Alerts/Guide%20to%20Safe%20Scouting.aspx Scouting.org > Scouting Safely > Health and Safety Alerts > 2011 Guide to Safe Scouting Available]}}
 
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The new printed Guide to Safe Scouting is available for purchase at your local Scout shop, or online at [http://scoutstuff.org scoutstuff.org].}}
 
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|latest_edition = '''2011''' ''(Printed bi-annually.)''<br />&ndash;[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdf PDF version]<br />&ndash;[http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS/toc.aspx HTML version]<br />&ndash;[http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS/gssay.aspx Quarterly updates]
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|latest_edition = '''2017''' <br />&ndash;[http://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdf PDF version (May 2017)]<br />&ndash;[https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/toc/ HTML version]<br />&ndash;[https://www.scoutshop.org/guide-to-safe-scouting-618622.html Paper version]
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The purpose of the [[Guide to Safe Scouting]] is to prepare [[adult leaders]] to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. The policies and guidelines have been established because of the real need to protect members from known hazards that have been identified through 90-plus years of experience. Limitations on certain activities should not be viewed as stumbling blocks; rather, policies and guidelines are best described as stepping-stones toward safe and enjoyable adventures.
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== Preface ==
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{{Quote-source|'''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.
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'''''All volunteers participating in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting.'''''
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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 [[Scout motto|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:
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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.
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“... 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 (2017)}}
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== Viewing the online Guide ==
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The BSA general liability program is not just insurance. In fact, insurance plays a very small part. Our greatest efforts are spent on safety and injury prevention.
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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''] &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 for off-line reading''] {{PDF}}:the entire publication is presented in a single interface to facilitate print-out.
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*A printed version is also available at your local Scout shop, or from [https://www.scoutshop.org/guide-to-safe-scouting-618622.html ScoutShop.org].
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BSA self-funds the first million dollars of each liability claim. This means that almost all money spent on a liability claim is Scouting money, not insurance money.
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== Content ==
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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.
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[[Accident and sickness insurance]] pays regardless of fault as long as the accident occurred during an official Scouting activity and the unit or council has purchased the coverage.
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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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;The BSA Ready & Prepared Award
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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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The Boy Scouts of America's Ready & Prepared Award encourages and rewards Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, 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. Focus areas include:
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;Viewing the online Guide
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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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The Guide to Safe Scouting is available in the following formats:
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*[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/toc.aspx One for reading on-line] &mdash; this version is divided into chapters and includes a search engine.
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*[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdf Another for reading off-line] {{PDF}}:the entire publication is presented in a single interface to facilitate print-out.
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*A printed version [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=610138 (BSA Pub. No. 34416, Supply Item No. 610138)] is also available at your local Scout shop, or from [http://www.ScoutStuff.org ScoutStuff.org]. (To obtain a copy, [http://www.scouting.org/Media/lcl.aspx contact your local council], or call 1-800-323-0732 to request an Official Boy Scout Catalog.)
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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 [[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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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss01.aspx Youth Protection & Adult Leadership]
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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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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss02.aspx Aquatics Safety]
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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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[[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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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss03.aspx Camping]
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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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Guidelines for Safe Camping, Trail Safety, Hazardous Weather, Health issues and other camping related issues.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss04.aspx Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Use and Abuse]
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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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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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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss05.aspx Emergency Preparedness]
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss10 '''IX. Insurance''']
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Perhaps the most critical test of your preparedness will be in time of emergency. Developing and rehearsing an emergency action plan will add precious time needed for response to a crisis. This is true on a day hike, overnight or longer troop camp, and all other activities.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss06.aspx First Aid]
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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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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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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss07.aspx Fuels and Fire Prevention]
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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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Guidelines for Safely Using Chemical Fuels and Fire Prevention.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss08.aspx Guns and Firearms]
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss13 '''XII. Animal and Insect Hazards''']
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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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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss09.aspx Sports and Activities]
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss14 '''XIII. Incident Reporting''']
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The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss10.aspx Inspections]
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: [https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gssax '''Appendix''']
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Guidelines for inspections.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss11.aspx Medical Information]
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== Miscellaneous ==
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It is recommended that all members of the Boy Scouts of America have periodic [[medical evaluations]] by a licensed health-care practitioner.
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;Scouting $$$ Pay Liability Claims
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The BSA general liability program is not just insurance. In fact, insurance plays a very small part. Our greatest efforts are spent on safety and injury prevention.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss12.aspx Transportation]
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BSA self-funds the first million dollars of each liability claim. This means that almost all money spent on a liability claim is Scouting money, not insurance money.
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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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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss13.aspx Winter Activities]
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[[Accident and sickness insurance]] pays regardless of fault as long as the accident occurred during an official Scouting activity and the unit or council has purchased the coverage.
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There is magic to camping in winter. It is one of the most advanced and challenging of outdoor adventures
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gssax.aspx Appendix - Forms]
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;The BSA Ready & Prepared Award
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Forms for download.
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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.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gssdeath.aspx Appendix - Reporting Deaths or Serious Injury]
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Procedures to be followed by adult leadership at the scene of a serious injury or fatality.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/Resources/bikesafety.aspx BSA Bike SSafety Guidelines] Guidelines and procedures apply to all BSA unit, council, and national program activities involving bicycling.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/GSSOffline.aspx GSSOffline]
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==Related awards==
==Related awards==
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* [[BSA Ready & Prepared Award]]
{{Aquatic Awards Links}}
{{Aquatic Awards Links}}
{{Emergency Preparedness Award Links}}
{{Emergency Preparedness Award Links}}
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==G2SS Revision History==
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==== <u>2017 Updates</u> ====
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:'''<u>March</u>'''
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::Updated throughout to remove references to tour and activity plan.
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::'''VIII. Sports and Activities''' The entire chapter was updated and a Canyoneering section was added.
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:'''<u>May</u>'''
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::'''IX. Insurance Updated''' the Coverage for Non-Owned Boats Used in Scouting Activities and the Accident and Sickness Coverage sections.
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::'''Appendix''' Updated the Motor Vehicle and Driver, Flying Plan, and Campout Safety checklists.
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==== <u>2011 Updates</u> ====
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:'''<u>March</u>'''
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{{Quote-source|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.|''Guide to Safe Scouting'' (2011)}}
[[Category:Safe Scouting]]
[[Category:Safe Scouting]]

Current revision

Guide to Safe Scouting

First edition:
Latest edition:2017
PDF version (May 2017)
HTML version
Paper version
BSA Supply Number:34416
Shortcut:
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 (2017)

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 is also available at your local Scout shop, or from ScoutShop.org.

Content

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 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.
III. Camping Guidelines for Safe Camping, Trail Safety, Hazardous Weather, Health issues and other camping related issues.
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.
V. Medical Information and First Aid It is recommended that all members of the Boy Scouts of America have periodic 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.
VI. Chemical Fuels and Equipment Guidelines for Safely Using Chemical Fuels and Fire Prevention.
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.
VIII. Sports and Activities The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety
IX. Insurance
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.
XI. Winter Activities There is magic to camping in winter. It is one of the most advanced and challenging of outdoor adventures
XII. Animal and Insect Hazards
XIII. Incident Reporting
Appendix

Miscellaneous

Scouting $$$ Pay Liability Claims

The BSA general liability program is not just insurance. In fact, insurance plays a very small part. Our greatest efforts are spent on safety and injury prevention.

BSA self-funds the first million dollars of each liability claim. This means that almost all money spent on a liability claim is Scouting money, not insurance money.

Accident and sickness insurance pays regardless of fault as long as the accident occurred during an official Scouting activity and the unit or council has purchased the coverage.

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


G2SS Revision History

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.
Guide to Safe Scouting (2011)
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