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Guide to Safe Scouting

Guide to Safe Scouting

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 The purpose of the Guide to Safe Scouting is to prepare adult leaders to conductScouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. The policies and guidelines have beenestablished because of the real need to protect members from known hazards that have been identified through 90-plus years of experience. Limitations on certain activitiesshould not be viewed as stumbling blocks; rather, policies and guidelines are bestdescribed as stepping-stones toward safe and enjoyable adventures.Unit leaders should be aware of state or local government regulations that supersedeBoy Scouts of America policies and guidelines.In situations not specifically covered in this guide, activity planners should evaluate therisk 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 commonlprescribed for the activity by experienced providers and practitioners.
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 allmoney spent on a liability claim is Scouting money, not insurance money. Accident and sickness insurance pays regardless of fault as long as the accident occurredduring 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 emphasizerisk management as a way to help reduce fatalities and serious injury. Focus areasinclude:
 
Driver and passenger safety 
 
 Youth Protection
 
 Aquatic safety 
 
Premises safety and first-aid readiness
 
Personal fitness
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Units may apply for this award at the time of unit rechartering.
BSA Rules and Policies
Bold type throughout the Guide to Safe Scouting denotes BSA rules andpolicies.
 
 Viewing the online
Guide
 
The
Guide to Safe Scouting
is available here in two formats:
 
One for reading on-line — this version is divided into chapters and includes asearch engine.
 
 Another for reading off-line — the entire publication is presented in a singleinterface to facilitate print-out. A bound hard-copy version (BSA Supply #34416E) is also available. To obtain a copy,contact your local council or call 1-800-323-0732 to request an Official Boy ScoutCatalog.PrefaceI.
 
 Youth Protection & Adult Leadership
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 Youth Protection in Scouting
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 Youth Member Behavior Guidelines
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Leadership Requirements for Trips and OutingsII.
 
 Aquatics Safety 
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Instructors for Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat Training
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Safe Swim Defense
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Classification of Swimming Ability 
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Pool and Surf Swimming
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Safety Afloat
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Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
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 Water Clarity 
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BSA Lifeguard
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Swimming Area
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Diving and Elevated Entry 
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Scuba BSA 
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Scuba Policy 
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Snorkeling
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Kayaking
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 Waterskiing
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Boardsailing
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 Whitewater Safety CodeIII.
 
Camping
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 Age Guidelines
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Family Camping
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Cub Scout Overnight Opportunities
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 Wilderness Camping
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Trail Safety 
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Beware of Lightning
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Pure Drinking Water
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BSA Property Smart
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Hantavirus
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Rabies PreventionIV.
 
Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Use and Abuse V.
 
Emergency Preparedness
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Emergency Preparedness Plan
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Emergency Preparedness Kit
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Emergency Contact List VI.
 
First Aid
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First-Aid Kits
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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
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Protection Considerations for Bloodborne Pathogens
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Near-Drowning VII.
 
Fuels and Fire Prevention
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Chemical Fuels
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Guidelines for Safely Using Chemical Stoves and Lanterns
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Flammability Warning
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Extinguishers
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Fireworks VIII.
 
Guns and Firearms
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Cub Scout Standards
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Boy Scout Standards
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Handguns (Venturers only)
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Shotguns
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Muzzle Loaders
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RiflesIX.
 
Sports and Activities
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The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety 
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Caving
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Judo, Tai Chi, and Aikido
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Climbing and Rappelling
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Project COPE Activities
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Unauthorized and Restricted Activities
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