Why is an incident reporting crucial?


Incident reporting and reporting protocols are proven methods in creating a more robust safety culture that aids in risk mitigation. It benefits not only Boy Scouts of American as an organization, but every Scout, Scouter, volunteer, and employee. An incident report will bring awareness to unsafe situations and will drive improvement. It is a vehicle for all encompassing growth.


An incident report brings awareness to incidents that may happen or already have happened. It is a communication channel that brings attention to threats that would otherwise go unnoticed or unresolved. It allows preventative action and measures to be implemented promptly. An incident that has occurred to one Scout or Scouter would not be prevented without an incident report. Reporting avoids incident re-occurrences.


Incident reports allow for improvement within Boy Scouts of America. It unveils systematic problems within our organization, while promoting urgency for Scouts and Scouters to understand risks associated with activities. Thus, allowing BSA to improve policy and processes around activities with higher risk. A minor incident to you could be a tool in identifying the larger picture of incidents occurring across the organization. These reports provide valuable data that is utilized to evaluate and improve programs and activities.

Incident Reporting: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/incident-report/

Incident Reporting Infographic: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/Incident-Reporting-Infographic.pdf