Scouting Risk Managment

Risk Management Links:

Guide to Safe Scouting
An essential guide to planning and holding safe activities within BSA units.  Every leader should have and use this guide.

Guidelines & Policies
A resource from National BSA which lists various safety policies.

Youth Protection
Every leader should complete Youth Protection Training and know and follow BSA Youth Protection policies.

Medical Forms
Forms to help units maintain healthy activities and camping outings.

Sweet Sixteen of Safety
Do you know the sixteen key points of Scouting safety?

Health & Safety Alerts
National BSA periodically issues alerts on important health & safety issues.

Insurance Coverage for Volunteers & Units

Safety Training Courses


Cascade Pacific Council Risk Management Volunteer Committee:

Scott Moss, Chair

Eric Davis

Bo Henderson

Andrew Herold

Jim Hill, Staff Advisor

Cindy Hillyard

Mark Hillyard

Dr. Lorts

John Rosenlund

Dan Tooyoka

Jim Virgin


copeScouting is exciting.  We love Scouting because it is fun and adventurous, yet Scouting can be risky business. 

By applying these risk management principle you can reduce injuries:

1. Values and Culture

You must value safety.  All adult and youth leaders must discuss safety at EVERY unit meeting and every activity. 

horse_1A culture of safety is established when all risks are “owned” by the leaders and leaders and boys are held responsible for their own safety and the safety of others. 

The unit should identify and discuss all the risk associated with each activity.

2. Environment

You must respect your environment.  Whether you are out at a mountain top, lakeside, or inside a building, you must look for hazards and be prepared of the unknown and unexpected.

3. Risk Assessment

With every adventure, list all the uncertainties that can ruin the outcome.  The Guide to Safe Scouting can help.  

4. Risk Treatment

With each risk identified in step 3, ask the troop the following questions:

How can this uncertainty be avoided?

What can we do to prepare for the uncertainty?

What can we do to reduce the negative impact of the uncertainty?

5. Continuous Monitoring

Set safety expectations of leaders and boys.  Communicate those expectations.  Monitor leaders and boys to make sure expectations are followed.  

Leaders foster a safety culture by encouraging each member of the unit to be responsible for the safety of themselves and others, provide the resources and training necessary, and monitor the management of risk in every activity.

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