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{{Alert|'''UPDATE!''' (03/04/11) – A new version (2011 Edition) of the '''Guide to Safe Scouting''' is now available.
 
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{{Quote-source|In the past, the Guide to Safe Scouting has been a unit leader’s guide for activities. This new version addresses other activities at the council and district levels. While some of the literature provides guidance for district and council activities, the primary focus is for unit leaders conducting unit activities.
 
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There are two versions of the Guide to Safe Scouting, an online version and a .pdf version that is easy to print. The online version is updated each quarter and provides the most current information. The printed version is updated every two years.|[http://scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/HealthandSafety/Alerts/Guide%20to%20Safe%20Scouting.aspx Scouting.org > Scouting Safely > Health and Safety Alerts > 2011 Guide to Safe Scouting Available]}}
 
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The new printed Guide to Safe Scouting is available for purchase at your local Scout shop, or online at [http://scoutstuff.org scoutstuff.org].}}
 
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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 90-plus years of experience. Limitations on certain activities should not be viewed as stumbling blocks; rather, policies and guidelines are best described as stepping-stones toward safe and enjoyable adventures.
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== Preface ==
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{{Quote-source|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 90-plus years of experience. Limitations on certain activities should not be viewed as stumbling blocks; rather, policies and guidelines are best described as stepping-stones toward safe and enjoyable adventures.
'''''All volunteers participating in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting.'''''
'''''All volunteers participating in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting.'''''
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In situations not specifically covered in this guide, activity planners should evaluate the risk or potential risk of harm, and respond with action plans based on common sense, community standards, the Boy Scout motto, and safety policies and practices commonly prescribed for the activity by experienced providers and practitioners.
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In situations not specifically covered in this guide, activity planners should evaluate the risk or potential risk of harm, and respond with action plans based on common sense, community standards, the Boy Scout motto, and safety policies and practices commonly prescribed for the activity by experienced providers and practitioners. | 2011 Guide to Safe Scouting Available]}}
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;Scouting $$$ Pay Liability Claims
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== Viewing the online Guide ==
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The BSA general liability program is not just insurance. In fact, insurance plays a very small part. Our greatest efforts are spent on safety and injury prevention.
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The Guide to Safe Scouting is available in the following formats:
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*[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/toc.aspx ''On-line reading''] — this version is divided into chapters and includes a search engine.
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*[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdf ''Download for off-line reading''] {{PDF}}:the entire publication is presented in a single interface to facilitate print-out.
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*A printed version is also available at your local Scout shop, or from [http://www.ScoutStuff.org '''ScoutStuff.org'''].
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BSA self-funds the first million dollars of each liability claim. This means that almost all money spent on a liability claim is Scouting money, not insurance money.
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== Content ==
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss01.aspx Youth Protection & Adult Leadership] The Boy Scouts of America has adopted a number of policies aimed at eliminating opportunities for abuse within the Scouting program. These policies focus on leadership selection and on placing barriers to abuse within the program.
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[[Accident and sickness insurance]] pays regardless of fault as long as the accident occurred during an official Scouting activity and the unit or council has purchased the coverage.
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss02.aspx Aquatics Safety] [[Safe Swim Defense]] and [[Safety Afloat]] training can be given by any person authorized by the council, including a BSA Aquatics resource person, a unit leader with aquatics skill, or any other person with aquatics knowledge or experience whom the local council has approved.
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;The BSA Ready & Prepared Award
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss03.aspx Camping] Guidelines for Safe Camping, Trail Safety, Hazardous Weather, Health issues and other camping related issues.
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The Boy Scouts of America's Ready & Prepared Award encourages and rewards Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturing crews that incorporate safe practices while enjoying challenging activities. While working to earn the award, units emphasize risk management as a way to help reduce fatalities and serious injury. Focus areas include:
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;Viewing the online Guide
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss04.aspx Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Use and Abuse] The Boy Scouts of America prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members.
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The Guide to Safe Scouting is available in the following formats:
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*[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/toc.aspx One for reading on-line] — this version is divided into chapters and includes a search engine.
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*[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34416.pdf Another for reading off-line] {{PDF}}:the entire publication is presented in a single interface to facilitate print-out.
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*A printed version [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=610138 (BSA Pub. No. 34416, Supply Item No. 610138)] is also available at your local Scout shop, or from [http://www.ScoutStuff.org ScoutStuff.org]. (To obtain a copy, [http://www.scouting.org/Media/lcl.aspx contact your local council], or call 1-800-323-0732 to request an Official Boy Scout Catalog.)
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss05.aspx Emergency Preparedness] Perhaps the most critical test of your preparedness will be in time of emergency. Developing and rehearsing an emergency action plan will add precious time needed for response to a crisis. This is true on a day hike, overnight or longer troop camp, and all other activities.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss01.aspx Youth Protection & Adult Leadership]
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The Boy Scouts of America has adopted a number of policies aimed at eliminating opportunities for abuse within the Scouting program. These policies focus on leadership selection and on placing barriers to abuse within the program.
+
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss02.aspx Aquatics Safety]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss06.aspx First Aid] First aid is the first help or immediate care given someone who has suddenly sickened or been hurt in an accident. First-aid training continues through the program of the Boy Scouts of America as concrete evidence that we are prepared to help others in need.
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[[Safe Swim Defense]] and [[Safety Afloat]] training can be given by any person authorized by the council, including a BSA Aquatics resource person, a unit leader with aquatics skill, or any other person with aquatics knowledge or experience whom the local council has approved.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss03.aspx Camping]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss07.aspx Fuels and Fire Prevention] Guidelines for Safely Using Chemical Fuels and Fire Prevention.
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Guidelines for Safe Camping, Trail Safety, Hazardous Weather, Health issues and other camping related issues.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss04.aspx Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Use and Abuse]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss08.aspx Guns and Firearms] The Boy Scouts of America adheres to its longstanding policy of teaching its youth and [[adult members]] the safe, responsible, intelligent handling, care, and use of firearms, airguns, and BB guns in planned, carefully managed, and supervised programs.
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The Boy Scouts of America prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss05.aspx Emergency Preparedness]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss09.aspx Sports and Activities] The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety
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Perhaps the most critical test of your preparedness will be in time of emergency. Developing and rehearsing an emergency action plan will add precious time needed for response to a crisis. This is true on a day hike, overnight or longer troop camp, and all other activities.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss06.aspx First Aid]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss10.aspx Inspections] Guidelines for inspections.
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First aid is the first help or immediate care given someone who has suddenly sickened or been hurt in an accident. First-aid training continues through the program of the Boy Scouts of America as concrete evidence that we are prepared to help others in need.
+
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss07.aspx Fuels and Fire Prevention]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss11.aspx Medical Information] It is recommended that all members of the Boy Scouts of America have periodic [[medical evaluations]] by a licensed health-care practitioner.
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Guidelines for Safely Using Chemical Fuels and Fire Prevention.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss08.aspx Guns and Firearms]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss12.aspx Transportation] Established public carriers—trains, buses, and commercial airlines—are the safest and most comfortable way for groups to travel. Chartered buses usually are the most economical transportation for groups of 20 or more.
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The Boy Scouts of America adheres to its longstanding policy of teaching its youth and [[adult members]] the safe, responsible, intelligent handling, care, and use of firearms, airguns, and BB guns in planned, carefully managed, and supervised programs.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss09.aspx Sports and Activities]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss13.aspx Winter Activities] There is magic to camping in winter. It is one of the most advanced and challenging of outdoor adventures
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The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss10.aspx Inspections]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gssax.aspx Appendix - Forms] Forms for download.
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Guidelines for inspections.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss11.aspx Medical Information]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gssdeath.aspx Appendix - Reporting Deaths or Serious Injury] Procedures to be followed by adult leadership at the scene of a serious injury or fatality.
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It is recommended that all members of the Boy Scouts of America have periodic [[medical evaluations]] by a licensed health-care practitioner.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss12.aspx Transportation]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/Resources/bikesafety.aspx BSA Bike SSafety Guidelines] Guidelines and procedures apply to all BSA unit, council, and national program activities involving bicycling.
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Established public carriers—trains, buses, and commercial airlines—are the safest and most comfortable way for groups to travel. Chartered buses usually are the most economical transportation for groups of 20 or more.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss13.aspx Winter Activities]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/GSSOffline.aspx GSSOffline]
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There is magic to camping in winter. It is one of the most advanced and challenging of outdoor adventures
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gssax.aspx Appendix - Forms]
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== Miscelaneous ==
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Forms for download.
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;Scouting $$$ Pay Liability Claims
 +
The BSA general liability program is not just insurance. In fact, insurance plays a very small part. Our greatest efforts are spent on safety and injury prevention.
-
[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gssdeath.aspx Appendix - Reporting Deaths or Serious Injury]
+
BSA self-funds the first million dollars of each liability claim. This means that almost all money spent on a liability claim is Scouting money, not insurance money.
-
Procedures to be followed by adult leadership at the scene of a serious injury or fatality.
+
-
[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/Resources/bikesafety.aspx BSA Bike SSafety Guidelines] Guidelines and procedures apply to all BSA unit, council, and national program activities involving bicycling.
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[[Accident and sickness insurance]] pays regardless of fault as long as the accident occurred during an official Scouting activity and the unit or council has purchased the coverage.
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[http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/GSSOffline.aspx GSSOffline]
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;The BSA Ready & Prepared Award
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<br>
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The Boy Scouts of America's Ready & Prepared Award encourages and rewards Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturing crews that incorporate safe practices while enjoying challenging activities. While working to earn the award, units emphasize risk management as a way to help reduce fatalities and serious injury. Focus areas include:
==Related awards==
==Related awards==
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==G2SS Revision History==
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Quarterly changes are made to the on-line version. Every two years, a new printed version is available.
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=== March 2011 ===
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{{Alert|'''UPDATE!''' (03/04/11) &ndash; A new version (2011 Edition) of the '''Guide to Safe Scouting''' is now available.
 +
 +
{{Quote-source|In the past, the Guide to Safe Scouting has been a unit leader’s guide for activities. This new version addresses other activities at the council and district levels. While some of the literature provides guidance for district and council activities, the primary focus is for unit leaders conducting unit activities.
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|[http://scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/HealthandSafety/Alerts/Guide%20to%20Safe%20Scouting.aspx Scouting.org > Scouting Safely > Health and Safety Alerts > 2011 Guide to Safe Scouting Available]}} }}
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[[Category:Safe Scouting]]
[[Category:Safe Scouting]]

Current revision


Guide to Safe Scouting

First edition:
Latest edition:2011 (Printed bi-annually.)
PDF version
HTML version
Quarterly updates
BSA Supply Number:34416
Shortcut:
G2SS

Contents

Preface

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 90-plus years of experience. Limitations on certain activities should not be viewed as stumbling blocks; rather, policies and guidelines are best described as stepping-stones toward safe and enjoyable adventures.

All volunteers participating in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting.

In situations not specifically covered in this guide, activity planners should evaluate the risk or potential risk of harm, and respond with action plans based on common sense, community standards, the Boy Scout motto, and safety policies and practices commonly prescribed for the activity by experienced providers and practitioners.

— 2011 Guide to Safe Scouting Available]

Viewing the online Guide

The Guide to Safe Scouting is available in the following formats:

Content

  • Youth Protection & Adult Leadership The Boy Scouts of America has adopted a number of policies aimed at eliminating opportunities for abuse within the Scouting program. These policies focus on leadership selection and on placing barriers to abuse within the program.
  • Aquatics Safety Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat training can be given by any person authorized by the council, including a BSA Aquatics resource person, a unit leader with aquatics skill, or any other person with aquatics knowledge or experience whom the local council has approved.
  • Camping Guidelines for Safe Camping, Trail Safety, Hazardous Weather, Health issues and other camping related issues.
  • Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Use and Abuse The Boy Scouts of America prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members.
  • Emergency Preparedness Perhaps the most critical test of your preparedness will be in time of emergency. Developing and rehearsing an emergency action plan will add precious time needed for response to a crisis. This is true on a day hike, overnight or longer troop camp, and all other activities.
  • First Aid First aid is the first help or immediate care given someone who has suddenly sickened or been hurt in an accident. First-aid training continues through the program of the Boy Scouts of America as concrete evidence that we are prepared to help others in need.
  • Guns and Firearms The Boy Scouts of America adheres to its longstanding policy of teaching its youth and adult members the safe, responsible, intelligent handling, care, and use of firearms, airguns, and BB guns in planned, carefully managed, and supervised programs.
  • Transportation Established public carriers—trains, buses, and commercial airlines—are the safest and most comfortable way for groups to travel. Chartered buses usually are the most economical transportation for groups of 20 or more.
  • Winter Activities There is magic to camping in winter. It is one of the most advanced and challenging of outdoor adventures
  • BSA Bike SSafety Guidelines Guidelines and procedures apply to all BSA unit, council, and national program activities involving bicycling.


Miscelaneous

Scouting $$$ Pay Liability Claims

The BSA general liability program is not just insurance. In fact, insurance plays a very small part. Our greatest efforts are spent on safety and injury prevention.

BSA self-funds the first million dollars of each liability claim. This means that almost all money spent on a liability claim is Scouting money, not insurance money.

Accident and sickness insurance pays regardless of fault as long as the accident occurred during an official Scouting activity and the unit or council has purchased the coverage.

The BSA Ready & Prepared Award

The Boy Scouts of America's Ready & Prepared Award encourages and rewards Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturing crews that incorporate safe practices while enjoying challenging activities. While working to earn the award, units emphasize risk management as a way to help reduce fatalities and serious injury. Focus areas include:

Related awards

Aquatic-related awards
Emergency Preparedness-related awards
Outdoor-related awards


See also


G2SS Revision History

Quarterly changes are made to the on-line version. Every two years, a new printed version is available.

March 2011

UPDATE! (03/04/11) – A new version (2011 Edition) of the Guide to Safe Scouting is now available.
In the past, the Guide to Safe Scouting has been a unit leader’s guide for activities. This new version addresses other activities at the council and district levels. While some of the literature provides guidance for district and council activities, the primary focus is for unit leaders conducting unit activities.
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