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Title: Guide to Safe Scouting For Unit Activities

Guide to Safe Scouting For Unit Activities
  • Henry Nichol

Goal Setting
  • Why are you here?
  • What do you hope to learn?

  • To prepare Adult Leaders to Conduct Scouting
    Activities in a safe and prudent matter.
  • Established because of need to protect members
    from known hazards
  • Polices and guidelines are really there for safe
    and enjoyable adventures.
  • Unit leaders must be aware of state and local
    government regulations that supersede BSA policies

  • How BSA and YOU going to do it?

  • Youth Protection and Adult Leadership
  • Aquatics Safety
  • Camping
  • Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Use and Abuse
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • First Aid
  • Fuels and Fire Prevention
  • Guns and Firearms
  • Sports Activities
  • Inspections
  • Medical Information
  • Transportation
  • Winter Activities

Youth Protection and Adult Leadership
  • Question - How Does BSA prevent child Abuse?
  • Answer - Policies that focus on leadership
    selection and placing barriers to abuse.
  • Question How does BSA attract and train
    fabulous leaders
  • Answer - BSA works with Charter Organization to
    attract leaders and review applications

BSA Barriers to Abuse Within Scouting
  • Two deep Leadership
  • No-one-on-one Contact
  • Respect of Privacy
  • Separate accommodations
  • Proper preparation for high-adventure activities
  • No secret organizations
  • Appropriate attire
  • Constructive Discipline
  • Hazing Prohibited
  • Youth leader training and supervision

Parents Barriers to Abuse Within Scouting
  • If parents notice any deviations from BSAs
    approved program, they should call these to the
    attention of the charter organization or unit
  • Parents should also read and review the booklet
    How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse
    and Drug Abuse Parents Guide

Other points
  • What do most child victims of sexual abuse keep
    the abuse secret?
  • What should I do if a child tells me that he has
    been sexually abused?
  • How do I know what my reporting responsibility
  • What youth protection education materials does
    the BSA have for youth members
  • How can scout leader who are not social workers
    teach children about youth protection
  • What are the three Rs of Youth Protection
    (recognize, resist, report)

Three Rs
  • What are the three Rs of Youth Protection
    (recognize, resist, report)

Youth Member Behavior Guidelines
  • Follow the Scout Law and Oath.
  • Not acceptable physical violence, hazing,
    bulling, theft, drugs and alcohol, corporal

Leadership Requirements for Trips and Outings
  • Two Deep Leadership
  • Plan transportation
  • Safety rule of four
  • Male and female leaders separate sleeping
  • Male and female participants separate sleeping
  • Single room or dormitory-type accommodations for
    scouting units.
  • When stay in tent no youth will stay in tend of
    an adult other than his parent
  • Separate shower and latrine for gender and
  • Two deep adult leadership is required for flying

Not for display
  • Show yellow sheet in safe guide book and Age
    appropriate guidelines for scouting activities.
    If it is not listed do not do it till you consult
    with council

Common Themes In Guide for Each Activity
  • Qualified Supervision
  • Physical Fitness
  • Safe area and equipment
  • Buddy System
  • Discipline

What do scouts like to do?
  • Camp
  • Hike
  • Swim
  • Fire
  • Shoot
  • Lets talk about Swim next

II. Aquatics Safety
  • Instructors for Safe Swim Defense and Safety
    Afloat Training
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Classification of Swimming Ability
  • Pool and Surf Swimming
  • Safety Afloat
  • Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs)
  • Water Clarity
  • BSA Lifeguard
  • Swimming Area
  • Diving and Elevated Entry
  • Scuba Policy
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Waterskiing
  • Boardsailing
  • American Whitewater Safety Guidelines

  • Training is given by an approved individual by
    the council for the council
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Safety Afloat

Safe Swim Defense
  • Qualified Supervision Trained in 8 points of
    BSA safe Swim Defense
  • Physical Fitness Health History
  • Safe Area
  • Three groups (Annually verify level of swimmers)
  • Non swimmer - 3 ½ deepest
  • Beginners - just over head
  • Swimmers - not over 12 feet
  • Swimming is not permitted in water more than 12
    feet deep.

Safe Swim Defense (cont)
  • Lifeguards on Duty
  • Swim only where they are on duty.
  • If in unit swim area, where lifeguards are not
    provided, the supervisor should designate two
    capable swimmers as lifeguards.
  • Provide one lifeguard for every 10 people in
  • Establish a look out on shore that can see all.
    It can be the adult in charge of the swim
  • Buddy System Pair youth with one of same
  • Discipline Each swimmer must know the Safe Swim
    Defense - Be strict and fair about these
    guidelines showing no favoritism.

Classification of Swimming Ability
  • Swimmers test
  • Beginner test

Pool and Surf Swimming
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Public facility has a life guard, no need to post
  • Buddy System is still important.
  • Pool
  • Adult supervision is still required to monitor
    and set guidelines
  • Surf
  • Swimmers physical condition must be higher.
    Swimmer must be able to swim 5 minutes piously
  • Area marked with flags easily seen
  • Lifeguard to swimmer is no larger than 1-10

Safety Afloat
  • Adult leader must have completed the Safety
    Afloat Training no 34159C, have a card no 34242A
    with them and is dedicated to full compliance
    with all nine points of Safety Afloat.
  • What are the nine points?

Nine Points
  • Qualified Supervision
  • Physical Fitness
  • Swimming Ability
  • Personal Floatation Equipment
  • Buddy System
  • Skill Proficiency
  • Planning
  • Equipment
  • Discipline

  • Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs)
  • US Coast Guard-approved personal floatation
    device (PFD) must be worn at all times
  • Water Clarity
  • Turbid water should be limited to surface
  • Snorkeling and scuba skills only practiced in
    clear water
  • BSA Lifeguard
  • 14 years of age or 8th grade
  • Completed the BSA Lifeguard course
  • Swimming Area
  • Minimum of 40 square feet per swimmer
  • Areas as stated before

Diving and Elevated Entry
  • Most dangerous
  • No entry at a depth greater than 12 feet
  • Feet first if dept is less than 7 feet
  • Diving must be in 7 feet clear water but entry
    must be no higher than 18 inches from water
  • Diving must be in 9 feet clear water but entry no
    higher than 40 inches from water
  • Board diving must be mounted on a fixed platform
    no higher than 40 inches from water, no activity
    on at least 15 feet either side of board.

Scuba Policy
  • Must be certified by or trained by
  • National Association of Underwater Instructors
  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors
  • Scuba Schools International (SSI)
  • Or Council approved organization
  • Cub Scouts not authorized
  • Other Scouts must be 14 years of age

  • Safe Swim Defense guidelines
  • Instructors
  • National Association of Underwater Instructors
  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors
  • Snorkeling Safety
  • Qualified Supervision
  • Physical Fitness
  • Safe Area
  • Proper Equipment
  • Lifeguards/lookouts
  • Ability
  • Buddy System
  • Discipline

  • Limited to Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Ventures
  • Kayaking Safety
  • Qualified Supervision
  • Physical Fitness
  • Swimming Ability
  • Personal floatation equipment
  • Buddy System
  • Skill Proficiency
  • Planning
  • Equipment
  • Discipline

  • Water Skiing
  • Safe equipment, competent instruction
  • Efficient and careful tow boat operator and
  • Follow Water Sports Safety Code
  • Limited to Boys Scouts, Varsity and Venture
  • Board Sailing
  • See Boardsailing BSA Award Application no 19-1935

American Whitewater Safety Guidelines
  • Be a competent Swimmer
  • Wear a Personal Floatation Device
  • Wear a Solid, Correctly Fitted Helmet
  • Keep Your Boat under Control
  • Be Aware of River Hazards

III. Camping
  • Age Guidelines
  • Family Camping
  • Cub Scout Overnight Opportunities
  • Trail Safety
  • Beware of Lightning
  • Treated Drinking Water
  • BSA Property Smart
  • Hantavirus
  • Rabies Prevention

Age Guidelines
  • Tiger, Wolf and Bear den not approved by BSA for
    Den Overnights
  • Tiger may participate in boy-parent excisions
    (family camping)
  • Wolf Bear and Webolus may participate in resident
    overnight camping program
  • Webolus may camp with troop. Den leader, pack
    leaders and parents are expected to join scout on
  • Boy Scouts and varsity Scouts 12-17 are eligible
    to participate in national jamborees.
  • Boy Scouts and varsity Scours 13-17 are eligible
    to participate in world jamborees.

Family Camping vs. Recreation Family Camping
  • Family Camping is an outdoor camping experience,
    other than resident camping, that involves
    Scouting program elements in overnight setting
    with two or more family members, including at
    least one BSA member of that family. Parent are
    responsible for supervision of their children and
    Youth Protection guidelines apply
  • Recreation Family Camping is when Scouting
    families camp as a family unit outside of an
    organized program. It is non structured camping
    experience, but is conducted within a Scouting
    framework on local council-owned or managed

Cub Scout Overnight Opportunities
  • Council Organized Family Camp
  • Overnight events involving more than one pack but
    sponsored by council
  • Overnight events involving more than one pack
    must be approved by the council
  • Pack Overnighters
  • Overnight events involving more than one family
    from a single pack focus on Cubs Scout
    appropriate activities.
  • At lease one Adult on a pack overnight must have
    completed BALOO training.

Trail Safety
  • Qualified Supervision
  • Keep Fit
  • Plan Ahead
  • Gear Up
  • Communicate Clearly and Completely
  • Monitor Conditions
  • Discipline

Beware of Lightning
  • Stay away of from open doors/windows, fireplaces,
    metal stuff
  • Do not use hair dryers, electric
    toothbrush/razor, phones
  • Do not take clothes down
  • Do not work outside
  • Do not handle flammable material
  • Do not play golf, fish
  • Avoid high ground
  • Avoid isolated trees.

Treated Drinking Water
  • A large supply is necessary
  • If not sure, do not take a chance
  • Treat Questionable water
  • Filter Water
  • Boil water for a minute
  • Add 8 drops of liquid Chlorine Bleach
  • Let stand 30 minutes
  • If smell like Chlorine it is ok, else do it
    again, if still bad discard
  • Note you can do cold water, but it takes 4 times
    as long

  • BSA Property Smart Every one has the
    responsibility / obligation to do his or her best
    to care for and protect every property that he or
    she visits.
  • Hantavirus identified in 30 states. Spread
    through the urine and feces of infected rodents.
    An airborne virus
  • Rabies Prevention 7,000 animals a year, over
    22,000 exposed or infected people

IV. Drug, Alcohol Tobacco Use Abuse
V. Emergency Preparedness
  • Emergency Preparedness PLAN
  • Emergency Preparedness KIT

Emergency Preparedness PLAN
  • Plan ahead
  • Recognize Alarm sound
  • Agree on outdoor meeting place
  • Everyone can call 911 and post other emergency
  • Post address near phones
  • Plan out of town routes
  • Practice evacuating twice a year
  • Practice natural disaster
  • In emergency keep calm, stay together and explain
    to younger members what might happen next.

Emergency Preparedness KIT
  • Water 1 gallon per person per day
  • Food non perishable.
  • Flashlight (extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications
  • Battery operated Radio
  • Tools
  • Clothing
  • Personal items
  • Sanitary supplies
  • Money
  • Contact information
  • Pet supplies
  • Map
  • Note in BSA Guide page 27 is a Emergency Contact

VI. First Aid
  • It is important at least one person trained in
    first aid
  • First Aid kits (stocked and easy to get too)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation can be taught to
    Boy Scout and Venture Scout (Not recommend to Cub
    Scout) by American Heart Association.
    Preliminary skills related CPOR are found in
    Scout Handbook and the First Aid Merit badge.
  • Protection Considerations for Blood borne
    Pathogens treat all individuals as though the
    blood is contaminated.
  • Near-Drowning after a victim has recovered at
    the scene, take to hospital. Reactions can
    happen latter due to the recovery process, (lung
    rupture, pneumonia, and hypothermia)

VII. Fuels and Fire Prevention
  • Chemical Fuels use of liquid fuels is
  • Guidelines for Safely Using Chemical Stoves and
  • Flammability Warning
  • Extinguishers
  • Class A - wood, fabric, etc.
  • Class B Gasoline, oil, etc.
  • Class C electrical
  • Fireworks prohibited unless a licensed
    Fireworks Specialist manages the function

VIII. Guns and Firearms
  • BSA adheres to policy of teaching safe,
    responsible , intelligent handling, care and use
    of fire arms.
  • Cub Scouting Standards - is only allowed Archery
    and BB gun shooting restricted to day camps, Cub
    Scout/Webelos Scout resident camps, and
    Council/managed activities.
  • Boys Scouting Standards may participate in
    Shotgun, Muzzle Loaders, Rifles with the
    appropriate safety measures taken, Including an
    NRA Instructor.
  • Venture Standards May shoot a hand gun with
    appropriate safety measures and an NRA
  • Cannons and Large-bore artillery not allowed

IX. Sports Activities
  • Sweet 16 of BSA Safety
  • Caving
  • Judo, Tai Chi and Aikido
  • Climbing and Rappelling
  • Project COPE Activities
  • Unauthorized and Restricted Activities
  • Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Knives
  • Rope Monkey Bridges
  • Parade Floats and Hayrides
  • Unit Fund-raisers
  • Tractor Safety
  • Bike Safety
  • Skating Guidelines
  • Horsemanship Activities
  • Note - Lets just review Sweet 16

Sweet 16 of BSA Safety
  • These 16 points embody good judgment and common
    sense and apply to all activities.
  • Qualified Supervision
  • Physical Fitness
  • Buddy System
  • Safe area or Course
  • Equipment Selection and Maintenance
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Safety Procedures and Policies
  • Skill Level Limits
  • Weather Check
  • Planning
  • Communications
  • Permits and Notices
  • First Aid Resources
  • Applicable laws
  • CPR resources
  • Discipline

X. Inspections
  • Meeting rooms inspect for health and safety
  • Motor vehicles
  • Unit Camping - Before set up, after take down
    and in between
  • Boats U.S. Coast Guard can do upon request a
    marine examination of any craft.

XI. Medical Information
  • Class 1 event not exceed 72 hours
  • Class 2 event exceeds 72 hours
  • Class 3 Any event involving strenuous activity
    also if an adult is age 40
  • High Adventure Medical forms Phillmont Scout
    Ranch and Florida Sea base require a special form
    for youth and adults
  • Immunization
  • Life-Threatening Communicable Diseases a scout
    can continue in a Lone Scout Program

  • Sun Safety
  • Religious Beliefs and Medical Care
  • is required for all camp attendance except if it
    is waived due to religious beliefs
  • All must learn first aid to service others
  • Requirements 1-5 of Personal Fitness merit badge
    may be waived with proper church wavier
  • Prescriptions
  • Responsible of individual unless agreed to by
    Scout leader or guardian

XII. Transportation
  • Automobiles
  • Campers, Trailers and Trucks
  • Buses
  • Trains
  • Boats
  • Aircraft
  • Tour Permits
  • Local
  • National
  • Commercial Drivers License Compliance

XIII. Winter Activities
  • Leadership
  • Equipment
  • Physical Conditions

  • Have fun safely Scouting
  • Thanks for allowing me this time to share.
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