Scouting Safely

The Boy Scouts of America has nearly a century of experience conducting high-adventure outdoor activities in a manner that is safe for all participants. The following resources and information are provided to enable adult leaders and youth to help us maintain our impeccable safety record.

Safety Thoughts

Venturing Age Change

Effective May 1, 2010 the National Executive Board resolution to change the eligibility requirements for Venturing to ensure consistency among Venturing, high-adventure bases, and other core programs went into effect.


Guidelines / Policies >>

The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety

In the continuing effort to protect participants in Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee has developed 16 points that embody good judgment and common sense for all activities. READ MORE

Youth Protection >>

Protecting Our Youth

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for all our programs.
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Training >>

Wilderness First Aid Training

Learn about the new practices that go way beyond what Scouting leaders may already know as "first aid." Wilderness First Aid training is here, helping you cope with medical emergencies in the wild and, perhaps more importantly, to be a more effective manager in any crisis. Learn More

Awards >>

2010 National Scout Jamboree Emergency Preparedness Award

From its beginning, the Scouting movement has taught young people to do their best, to do their duty to God and country, to help others, and to prepare themselves physically, mentally, and morally to meet these goals. The basic aims of Scouting include teaching young people to take care of themselves, to be helpful to others, and to develop courage, self-reliance, and the will to be ready to serve in an emergency. Read More

Forms >>

Annual Health and Medical Record

Replaces former Class 1, 2, and 3 forms, which are obsolete. All participants in Scouting events should complete the Annual Health and Medical Record, which is required as of January 1, 2010.
[Prints on Single 8.5 x 11 sheets]
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Risk Management >>

Managing Risk

The best way to stay safe in the outdoors is to avoid getting into trouble in the first place. That requires planning, training, leadership, good judgment, and accepting responsibility—in short, risk management. READ MORE

General Resources

Weather Smart Resources The Health and Safety Service offers online news, links, and resources to help you plan and prepare for hazardous weather.

Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities This chart provides an at-a-glance reference to activity guidelines that are based on the mental, physical, emotional, and social maturity of youth members.

Guide to Safe Scouting The Guide to Safe Scouting is the unit leaders' guide to current policies and procedures.

The Driver's Pledge This pledge outlines five key points that a driver should attend in order to safely convey Scouts of their outings.

Risk Management Newsletter The Risk Management Newsletter provides timely news about current issues and recent updates to our policies and procedures.

Health and Safety News The Health and Safety Service provides periodic updates for Scouting leaders on a variety of relevant health- and safety-related topics.

Safe Swim Defense The Safe Swim Defense is a plan for conducting swimming activities in a safe manner.

Safety Afloat Safety Afloat has been developed to promote boating and boating safety and to set standards for safe unit activity afloat.

Policy on Use of Chemical Fuels This policy is intended to encourage safe practices when using chemical fuels - liquid, gel, and gas.

Emergency Preparedness Award Working with the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Boy Scouts of America has developed an award program to help Scouts to be prepared for emergencies of all kinds.

BSA Bike Safety Guidelines This set of guidelines and procedures provides guidance for the use of bicycles in program activities on every level of the organization.

The Latest First Aid for Wounds and CPR The BSA has checked with experts in the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and with the American Red Cross.