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Health & Safety Resources

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

Managing Risk External Link(from the Fieldbook
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.

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

The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety External Link
As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in Scout activity, the BSA National Health & Safety Committee have developed 16 points that embody good judgement and common sense for all activities.

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

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

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

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

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

Policy on the Storage, Handling, and Use of Chemical Fuels and Equipment (Updated 12/2009)   
This policy directs Boy Scouts of America members how to safely store, handle, and use chemical fuels and equipment.

Emergency Preparedness Award External Link
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 External Link
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.

Incident Descriptions and Definitions, Reporting Instructions 
From a near miss to a catastrophic incident, this handout will help you define what happened and understand all reporting requirements.

Incident Information Report 
This form is used to report all injuries, illnesses, and incidents during Scouting activities or on council-owned properties that require the intervention of a medical provider beyond basic Scout-rendered first aid.

Near Miss Incident Information Report 
Use this form to report near misses in programs such as COPE and climbing activities. A near miss does not result in injury, illness, or damage by definition, but it had the potential to do so.

The BSA’s Commitment to SafetyExternal Link

The safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid.

Health and Safety Trainings

Health and Safety FAQ'sExternal Link

Council Health and Sickness Insurance

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