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choose_to_refuseBSA Substance Abuse Prevention Program  Scott sent in this question: My son is home schooled and has to do the requirement for second class 9a. The drug awareness part. do you have any suggestions on what he can do to meet this requirement?


CyberChipCyber Chip Program  The BSA Cyber Chip program encourages Scouts to learn how to use their electronic devices safely. Some of the issues the program addresses are protecting personal information, cyber bullying, appropriate use of social media, cell phones, texting, and netiquette.


Safety Merit Badge for Boy ScoutsSafety Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  The Safety merit badge is not required for Eagle Scout like it used to be, but it still teaches Boy Scouts valuable lessons.


Traffic Safety Merit Badge for Boy ScoutsTraffic Safety Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  Earning the Traffic Safety merit badge will help Boy Scouts know how to stay safe, whether as drivers or pedestrians.


Police CarAugust Cub Scout Theme - Kids Against Crime (Honesty)  BSA offers supplemental pack program ideas for each month. The newest theme for the August core value of Honesty will be a Kids Against Crime theme.


LifesaverSafety Programs Feature for Boy Scouts  The Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide suggests a Safety troop program feature for August 2012. This program feature offers the opportunity to introduce kids to safety programs in a troop setting.


Backpacking StoveToasted Chit Pressurized Fuel Training  Our council has a "Toasted Chit" training for pressurized fuel use. I believe this is a local requirement, but I thought the organization of the material might be helpful to anyone doing pressurized fuel instruction.


Fire Safety Merit Badge for Boy ScoutsFire Safety Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  Boy Scouts love building fires. They can learn how to be safe around planned and unplanned fires by earning the Fire Safety merit badge.


Fire TrucksBSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 5: Know Your Home and Community and Be Safe at Home and on the Street  This plan covers part of Wolf Achievement 4 (Know Your Home and Community) and part of Wolf Achievement 9 (Be Safe at Home and on the Street).


Bike Helmet and Water BottleBSA Bike Safety Guidelines  BSA has a list of bike safety guidelines on the site. The guidelines and procedures apply to all BSA unit, council, and national program activities involving bicycling.


Boy Riding BikeCycling Safety Crossword Puzzle  Puzzles are a fun way to reinforce concepts with Cub Scouts. This puzzle helps Cub Scouts think about some basic bike safety concepts. It would make a good gathering activity at a pack bicycling activity or a den meeting.


BicycleBike Inspection Checklist  Before riding a bike, Scouts should know how to do an inspection of the bicycle and check that it is in working order. The checklist below will give you a good starting point. You will need to explain each step to the Scouts so they learn the terminology and why each part is important.


Friends SwimmingSafe Swim Defense  Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming.


LifesaverWater Rescue Methods  Since I am focusing on an aquatics theme this month, I thought I'd post about water rescue methods. These are methods used to rescue someone who is in trouble in the water. You will see these methods throughout the BSA programs from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts to Venturing.


LifesaverBSA Swim Test  Pack your swimsuit on top. Those are always the instructions when packing for summer camp, because one of the first things we will have to do when we get there is the swim test. The BSA swim test is used to determine ability level so that participants can swim in an area which is appropriate for them.