Guide to Safe Scouting
This resource defines an incident, tells why it’s important to report the incident, and includes writing tips for your descriptive report.
Incident Descriptions and Definitions, Reporting Instructions
From a near miss to a catastrophic incident, this handout will help you define what happened and understand all reporting requirements.
Incident Information Report
This form is used to report all injuries, illnesses, and incidents during Scouting activities or on council-owned properties that require the intervention of a medical provider beyond basic Scout-rendered first aid.
Near Miss Incident Information Report
Use this form to report near misses in programs such as COPE and climbing activities. A near miss does not result in injury, illness, or damage by definition, but it had the potential to do so.
Allegations of abuse, violations of BSA policies or guidelines, or inappropriate behavior by a Scout, Scout leader, parent, or other person should be reported on this form. The information on this form is confidential, and the completed form should be forwarded to the council Scout executive as soon as practical.
This document includes the BSA’s youth protection policies and procedures, available online resources, and instructions for reporting youth protection/membership incidents.
One of the benefits of reporting incidents is so they can be used to help prevent similar occurrences. While rare, serious and even fatal incidents have impacted the Scouting family. Each incident described in this incident review series has actually occurred. Please help us prevent future occurrences by having a discussion about these incidents and how you can execute the Scouting program safely as designed.
Please download and review these sheets prior to using each incident review. Begin by clicking on the How-To sheet on the right, which will instruct you on how to use these resources.
Allergies and anaphylaxis
Burns from starting fires
Burns to youth
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Heat and hydration
Motor vehicle accidents
Scuba Diving and Open-Water Snorkeling
Small Wild Creatures & Bites
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