Guidelines

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.

Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations, No. 680-028 
An at-a-glance reference for service projects. The use of tools, by any youth or adult, requires training in the proper use of those tools before a project starts. It also requires continuous, qualified adult supervision and discipline during the project. Manufacturers' literature and age and skill restrictions shall supersede the recommendations in the publication. If there is a conflict, leaders shall follow the most restrictive guidelines. Another good reference that contains state-specific guidance is www.youthrules.gov .

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.

Communicable Disease Guidelines, No. 680-453  
These guidelines direct councils on how to prepare for and deal with situations involving infectious diseases.

Council Program Guidelines: Regarding Response to Adverse Heat and Humidity Conditions, No. 680-030 
These guidelines address various factors related to heat and humidity conditions that require special attention. The Word file is offered to assist program leadership in customizing it to fit specific local conditions. If you have comments or suggestions to add to this guide, please submit markups with tracked changes to health.safety@scouting.org .

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

Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies  
Millions of children and adults in the United States have been diagnosed with specific food allergies that can be life-threatening. Initial food allergy reactions can occur at any time, even in previously undiagnosed individuals. Developing food allergy prevention policies will help camp staff minimize exposure for those with known food allergies and be prepared for the possibility of a food allergy reaction in any camper or staff member.

OSHA Laws That Affect Council Offices and Camps, No. 680-047
The information in this document is provided as general guidance and does not cover all potential safety and health hazards workers may be exposed to in the council office or at camp.
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Scouting Healthy and Safely, No. 680-026 
The document is subtitled, "The Council Guidebook for the Enterprise Risk Management Committee—Those Focused on Health and Safety and Risk Management." It is an all-in-one guidebook produced to give council-level committees direction for essential enterprise risk management functions.

Service Project Planning Guidelines, No. 680-027   
A checklist to help you plan that next service project. Includes reference to the Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations below.

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