All participants in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting, applicable program literature or manuals, and be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede Boy Scouts of America practices, policies, and guidelines. The Guide to Safe Scouting is an overview of Scouting policies and procedures gleaned from a variety of sources. For some items, the policy statements are complete. Unit leaders are expected to review the additional reference material cited prior to conducting such activities.

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2015 Updates


  • II. Aquatics Safety: Outdated training programs were deleted.
  • VI. Chemical Fuels and Equipment: A section was added to reinforce the importance of abiding by the Policy on the Storage, Handling, and Use of Chemical Fuels and Equipment.
  • VIII. Sports and Activities: A new section was added on activity planning and risk assessment.
  • X. Insurance: The entire Insurance chapter was updated.
  • Appendix: The Youth Protection/Membership Incident Information Form, No. 680-676, was added.

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The BSA’s Commitment to Safety