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9.0.2.14 Risk Management and Eagle Scout Service Projects

All Eagle Scout Service Projects constitute official Scouting activity and thus are subject to Boy Scouts of America policies and procedures. Projects are considered part of a unit's program and are treated as such with regard to policies, procedures, and requirements regarding Youth Protection, two-deep leadership, etc.

The health and safety of those working on Eagle projects must be integrated into project execution. Since an Eagle Scout service project is a unit activity, unit leadership has the same responsibility to assure safety in conducting a project as with any other unit activity. The unit leader or unit committee should reject proposals for inherently unsafe projects. The candidate should plan for safe execution, but it must be understood that minors cannot and must not be held responsible for safety concerns. As with any Scouting activity, the Guide to Safe Scouting applies. The"Sweet 16 of BSA Safety" must also be consulted as an appropriate planning tool. It can be found online at "Scouting Safely, "http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/Sweet16.aspxExternal Link.

Unit leadership should be aware of project plans and schedules, and also familiar with the council's requirements for filing tour plans (tour "permits") in order to determine whether projects require them.

-Trips outside of council borders (Exception: not to your council-owned property); or

-Trips to any national high-adventure base, national Scout jamboree, National Order of the Arrow Conference, the Summit Bechtel Reserve, or regionally sponsored event ; or

-When conducting the following activities outside of council or district events:

-Aquatics activities (swimming, boating, floating, scuba, etc.)

-Climbing and rappelling

-Orientation flights (process flying plan)

-Shooting sports

-Any activities involving motorized vehicles as part of the program (snowmobiles, boating, etc.) .

Tour Plans must be filed at least 3 weeks prior to the service project or fundraiser and must be filled out completely with ALL proper certifications listed. Tour Plans are filed again with Ms. Galinski as above. National Tour Plans must be filed for projects or fundraisers occurring more than 500 miles from council borders.  

More information can be found at http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/TourPlanFAQ.aspxExternal Link.

9.0.2.15 Insurance and Eagle Scout Service Projects

The Boy Scouts of America's General Liability Policy provides general liability insurance coverage for official Scouting activities. Registered adult leaders are provided primary coverage. Unregistered adults participating in a Scouting activity are provided coverage in excess of their personal insurance.

Every council has the opportunity to participate in the BSA Accident and Sickness insurance program. It provides some insurance for medical and dental bills arising from Scouting activities. If councils do not purchase this, then units may contract for it. In some cases chartered organizations might provide insurance, but this must not be assumed. Most of these programs provide only secondary coverage, and are limited to registered youth and adults and those interested in becoming members.

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