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Guide to Safe Scouting: 
A Unit Leader's Guide for Current Policies and Procedures to Safe Activities

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 superede Boy Scouts of America policies and guidelines.

Scouting Safety SandwichScouting 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. Each district across the country received a copy of this new training package. Contact the WLACC to find out when this course is being delivered in your district.

BSA Rules and Policies

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

Viewing the online Guide

The Guide to Safe Scouting is available on the BSA National website in two formats:

  • One for reading on-line - this version is divided into chapters and includes a search engine.
  • Another for reading off-line - the entire publication is presented in a single interface to facilitate print-out.

A bound hard-copy version (BSA Supply #34416B) is also available. To obtain a copy, contact the WLACC or call 1-800-323-0732 to request an Official Boy Scout Catalog.



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