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The Boy Scouts of America has nearly a century of experience conducting high-adventure outdoor activities in a manner that is safe for all participants. The following resources and information are provided to enable adult leaders and youth to help us maintain our impeccable safety record.

Glaciers Edge Council Emergency Contacts (PDF)

In the event of serious injury, over night hospital stay, near drowning, or death during a scouting activity you must contact the Scout Executive or their designate.

General Resources

  • GTSSGuide to Safe Scouting The Guide to Safe Scouting is the unit leaders’ guide to current policies and procedures.
  • Health & Safety Alerts BSA Health and Safety Service periodically issues alerts on timely issues.
  • Managing Risk (from the Fieldbook) The best way to stay safe in the outdoors is to avoid getting into trouble in the first place. That requires planning, training, leadership, good judgment, and accepting responsibility—in short, risk management.
  • Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities This chart provides an at-a-glance reference to activity guidelines that are based on the mental, physical, emotional, and social maturity of youth members.
  • The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in Scout activity, the BSA National Health & Safety Committee have developed 16 points that embody good judgment and common sense for all activities.
  • Safety Forms from the BSA National.
  • Risk Management Newsletter The Risk Management Newsletter provides timely news about current issues and recent updates to our policies and procedures.
  • Safe Swim Defense The Safe Swim Defense is a plan for conducting swimming activities in a safe manner.
  • Safety Afloat Safety Afloat has been developed to promote boating and boating safety and to set standards for safe unit activity afloat.
  • Policy on Use of Chemical Fuels This policy is intended to encourage safe practices when using chemical fuels – liquid, gel, and gas.
  • Emergency Preparedness Award Working with the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Boy Scouts of America has developed an award program to help Scouts to be prepared for emergencies of all kinds.
  • BSA Bike Safety Guidelines This set of guidelines and procedures provides guidance for the use of bicycles in program activities on every level of the organization.
  • The Latest First Aid for Wounds and CPR In response to recent concerns over blood-borne ailments, the BSA has consulted with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and American Red Cross to update our guidelines for wound treatment and CPR.
  • American Red Cross and Boy Scouts of America Training Agreement Is your Unit, District, or Council taking full advantage of the National Agreement that Boy Scouts of America has with the American Red Cross?
  • Youth Protection Training
  • Safe Swim Defense The Safe Swim Defense is a plan for conducting swimming activities in a safe manner.
  • Safety Afloat Safety Afloat has been developed to promote boating and boating safety and to set standards for safe unit activity afloat.
  • Health and Safety/Risk Management Conference Philmont Training Center will conduct a conference on Health and Safety and Risk management.
  • Principles of Leave No Trace In addition to preserving the wilderness, Leave No Trace practices help Scouting units stay safe during backcountry expeditions.
  • Fieldbook, No. 33104 The Boy Scout Fieldbook contains an excellent discussion of outdoor risk management in chapter 6, “Risk Management.”
  • The Driver’s Pledge This pledge outlines five key points that a driver should attend in order to safely convey Scouts of their outings.
  • Venturing Out: Keys to Safe Driving “Smart Choices” is a presentation for Venturers that discusses the dangers of drinking and driving.
  • Trek on Safely Each of the following elements plays an important role in the overall Trek Safely procedure. Fun and safe overnight trekking activities require compliance with Trek Safely by both adult and youth leaders.

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