Safe Scouting

The Connecticut Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America is dedicated to keeping our kids safe and healthy while having lots of fun. The following materials are designed to ensure that Scouting remains safe and appropriate for our youth:

Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Safe Scouting »

This document illustrates at which age level certain activities become acceptable for youth to participate.

Climb on Safely »

Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America's recommended procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.

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 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. 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.

Unit leaders should be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede Boy Scouts of America policies and guidelines.

Scouting Safety Begins with Leadership

A health and safety course syllabus and video introduce the concept of the "sandwich principle," with emphasis on the importance of qualified supervision and discipline, and features The Risk Zone and Guide to Safe Scouting.

BSA Rules and Policies

Bold type throughout the Guide to Safe Scouting denotes BSA rules and policies. Read the BSA Guide to Safe Scouting »

Safe Swim Defense » and Safety Afloat Training »

Before a BSA group may engage in swimming activities of any kind, a minimum of one adult leader must complete Safe Swim Defense training, have a commitment card (No. 34243) with them, and agree to use the eight defenses in this plan. View the on-line course »

Youth Protection and Adult Leadership - Topics covered include the BSA's Youth Protection policies, kinds of abuse, signs of abuse, how to respond to disclosure of abuse, and proper reporting procedures. View the on-line course »

Request for Certificate of Insurance

Some places will require you to make them an additional insured or show proof the Boys Scouts of Insurance.

 

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