General Resources

Weather Smart Resources
The Health and Safety Service offers online news, links, and resources to help you plan and prepare for hazardous weather.

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.

Guide to Safe Scouting  
The Guide to Safe Scouting is the unit leaders' guide to current policies and procedures.

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 judgement and common sense for all activities.

The Driver's Pledge
This pledge outlines five key points that a driver should attend in order to safely convey Scouts of their outings.

Risk Management Newsletter
The Risk Management Newsletter provides timely news about current issues and recent updates to our policies and procedures.

Health and Safety News
The Health and Safety Service provides periodic updates for Scouting leaders on a variety of relevant health- and safety-related topics.

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 the Storage, Handling, and Use of Chemical Fuels and Equipment (Updated 12/2009) 
This policy directs Boy Scouts of America members how to safely store, handle, and use chemical fuels and equipment.

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
The BSA has checked with experts in the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and with
the American Red Cross.