Resources: Health, Risk & Safety

Few youth organizations encompass the breadth, volume, and diversity of physical activity common to Scouting, and none enjoy a better safety record. The key to maintaining and improving this exemplary record is the conscientious and trained adult leader who is attentive to safety concerns.

As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council have developed the "Sweet Sixteen" of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These 16 points, which embody good judgement and common sense, are applicable to all activities.

  • Use Safety Moments in your Scouting Program - Click here for more information and to learn how
  • Scouts and their parents expect all Boy Scouts of America activities to be conducted safely. 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.
  • Download and read the Guide to Safe Scouting
  • Age Appropriate Guidelines  -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.
  • Scouting Safely Website is where you can find the many answer to your questions on how to provide a safe and healthy program.

Take the time to review the links above.  While this is a small list there are many more links in the sites above to help you provide a great program.