Guide to Safe Scouting provides safety guidelines and advice

Safety in Scouting is a vital part of planning any outing or activity. With this in mind, the national organization provides definitive guidelines and policies related to providing safe activities for youth members in a publication titled the Guide to Safe Scouting.

The purpose of the Guide to Safe Scouting is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner.

The purpose of the Guide to Safe Scouting is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. The policies and guidelines have been established because of the real need to protect members from known hazards that have been identified through eighty-plus years of experience as a youth-serving organization.

Limitations on certain activities should not be viewed as stumbling blocks; rather, policies and guidelines are stepping-stones toward safe and enjoyable adventures.

Unit leaders should also be aware of local government regulations that supersede B.S.A. policies.

When considering activities not specifically addressed in Scouting literature, activity planners should evaluate the benefit to the Scouting program versus the risk of injury.

Copies of the Guide to Safe Scouting are available at Scout Stores, and a handy online version is always available at:

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS.aspx

[ Originally published in the summer 2006 edition of CPC Times. ]


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