Much of Scouting occurs in the outdoors, where we are the visitors and the animals and insects are perfectly at home. A squirrel, raccoon or other creature might be completely comfortable and healthy hanging out in the same area as bugs and other critters.
Humans? Not so much.
And, sometimes, it’s not just a matter of inconvenience. Mosquitoes, ticks, mammals and other creatures can spread disease to people. And we’ve all seen enough scary movies to know what a spider or snake can do to someone who isn’t paying attention.
What’s the solution? To hold all of your Scout outings indoors?
The answer, as always, is to Be Prepared.
Know the area you will be visiting. Is it wooded? Near a swamp? Known to have a high population of deer, raccoons or bats? Has it been populated with mice or rats that might have left behind a virus or bacteria in fleas or feces?
Read about staying safe around bugs and animals in the Guide to Safe Scouting and the Centers for Disease Control links listed within it, then come back and take our quiz.
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Find answers to other frequently asked health and safety questions at go.scoutingmagazine.org/safetyfaq