Scouts and their parents expect all Boy Scouts of America activities to be conducted safely this summer. A summer of safe Scouting begins before the first arrow is launched and the first oar hits the water.
To ensure the safety of participants, the Boy Scouts of America expects leaders to use the four points of SAFE when delivering the Scouting program.
Supervision: Youth are supervised by qualified and trustworthy adults who set the example for safety.
Assessment: Activities are assessed for risks during planning. Leaders have reviewed applicable program guidance or standards and have verified that the activity is not prohibited. Risk avoidance or mitigation is incorporated into the activity.
Fitness and Skill: Participants’ Annual Health and Medical Records are reviewed, and leaders have confirmed that prerequisite fitness and skill levels exist for participants to take part safely.
Equipment and Environment: Safe and appropriately sized equipment, courses, camps, campsites, trails or playing fields are used properly. Leaders periodically check gear use and the environment for changing conditions that could affect safety.
Here are a few quick tips to ensure the safest environment in all Scouting:
- Review the Guide to Safe Scouting for an overview of Scouting policies and procedures. This includes the Prohibited Activities list and Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities.
- Ensure all participants have a current Annual Health and Medical Record.
- Start each activity with a Safety Moment. Check out the Safety Moment on how to have a Safety Moment in Scouting found here.
- When transporting Scouts, use the SAFE Transportation Checklist and Pre-Trip Inspection.