Scouts learn about how to stay safe. The Cyber Chip program helps them learn about online safety. The Buddy System has always been a primary way of staying safe when Scouts are out and about. Several levels of the programs require parents to review safety information with their children.
Safety Programs Feature for Scouts BSA
The Safety feature teaches Scouts to "Be Prepared" for hazardous situations in their homes, on the street, and while out in the woods with their troop.
Bear Forensics Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Forensics is one of the Bear elective adventures. For the Forensics adventure, Bears learn about law enforcement methods which are used to solve crimes.
Scouts BSA Tenderfoot Hiking Requirements Helps and Documents
Hiking is an excellent way for new Scouts to learn outdoor skills. The Tenderfoot hiking requirements ensure that less experienced Scouts are safe and prepared while out on the trail.
Traffic Safety Merit Badge Helps and Documents
Working on the requirements for the Traffic Safety merit badge teaches Scouts to be safe as drivers, passengers, and cyclists. They learn about the importance of being alert and unimpaired while driving. Scouts investigate how to maintain an automobile and know about its operating parameters. They explore factors which cause car accidents.
The Three R’s of Personal Safety and Protection
Talking with youth about personal safety is important. BSA requires discussion of personal safety throughout it’s programs. We don’t want to scare youth, but they should know what to do if they feel uncomfortable in a situation. The Three R’s of personal safety should be a part of that discussion.
Travel Safety Checklist for Cub Scouts
Most of us will be travelling this summer. We might be going on a vacation, heading out to camp, or taking a weekend visit to see relatives. So this is a good time to review travel safety rules with our kids.
Kids Against Crime Cub Scout Theme (Honesty)
Here is how the BSA plan suggests tying together this crime prevention based theme with the value of honesty. "Crime is often an act of dishonesty. Kids Against Crime focuses on the opposite of dishonesty—honesty. Honesty is all about telling the truth and being a person worthy of trust."
Bicycle Safety Crossword Puzzle
This simple crossword puzzle introduces bicycle safety concepts. Use it to start a discussion about safe cycling with your Scouts. It includes a list of words to use in the puzzle.
Scouts BSA Star Safety Requirement Helps and Documents
To earn the rank of Star, a Scout must review personal safety information with his or her parent or guardian. The Scout must also earn the Cyber Chip award.
Scouts BSA Second Class Leadership Requirements Helps and Documents
Second Class requirement 9 is about being a good leader. Scouts learn about personal safety and how to respond to bullying.
BSA Bike Safety Guidelines
BSA has a list of bike safety guidelines on the Scouting.org site. The guidelines and procedures apply to all BSA unit, council, and national program activities involving bicycling.
What to Do When Lost or Separated from Your Group (STOP Acronym)
Know how to STOP when you are lost or separated from your group. Review this acronym with your group before going out on a campout or hike with your group. Being prepared can assist searchers who are looking for a missing person or group.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety
The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety describe the measures we should use at all Scouting activities. These steps should be taken by adults on all activities to keep our Scouts safe.
Sun Safety Activity
This is a good time of year to review sun safety with scouts of all ages. Damage to the skin from sunburn can have lasting effects. It doesn’t take long to get a serious sunburn, so it is important that everyone understands how to protect themselves from the radiation of the sun.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety | Skill Level Limits
The most familiar application of skill level limits is the swim tests which are administered at summer camp. But there are other examples as well.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety | Buddy System
I always tell my Scouts that of all of the things they can do to keep themselves safe, none is more important than the buddy system.
Cyber Chip Requirements for Grades 9-12
Scouts BSA are required to earn their Cyber Chip. The Cyber Chip program helps teens understand the responsibility that goes with using electronic devices. Topics include cell phones, cyber-bullying, and internet safety.
Cyber Chip Requirements for Grades 1-3
Tiger Cub Scouts, Wolf Cub Scouts, and Bear Cub Scouts are all required to earn their Cyber Chip. The Cyber Chip program helps children understand how to be safe while online. All Cyber Chips will expire annually.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety – Weather Check
We’ve seen a lot of crazy weather over the last few months, so hopefully everyone knows to use their heads about the weather. BSA provides a great online course for learning about hazardous weather.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety | Safe Area or Course
I think this is just something we need to keep in our heads when we are out with our Scouts. Of course, if an area looks unsafe, we wouldn’t let them go there. But we also need to actively look for hazards, like the dead branch that might fall on a tent or the area of the creek that looks OK at first glance but actually has a very deep spot.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety | Physical Fitness
We all need to be aware of the physical fitness of our Scouts, no matter what the activity. This is especially true when spending a week at camp when conditions like allergies or asthma can have a negative impact on a Scout’s experience. In extreme cases they can become life threatening.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety | Safety Procedures and Policies
Some of the things we do with our Scouts, especially our older Scouts, can be hazardous if you don’t follow the safety rules. It is important not to cut corners when doing activities. There is usually a good reason for the rules.
Bike Hike Safety and Etiquette
Before going on a bicycle ride with a group of Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, or Venturers, review some bike safety and etiquette rules. Includes a printable discussion aid.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety | Personal Safety Equipment
The sixth point of the Sweet 16 is Personal Safety Equipment. This one goes hand in hand with the fifth point – Equipment Selection and Maintenance.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety | Plans and Notices
Basically, this means if you need a permit, get one. When our troop has a fire in the fire ring at our local city park, we are required to get a fire permit from the city. Would anyone say anything if we just built the fire? Probably not, but the permit is required by ordinance so we always get one.
Cyber Chip Requirements for Grades 6-8
Scouts BSA are required to earn their Cyber Chip. The Cyber Chip program helps youth understand how to use their electronic devices safely and responsibly.
Cyber Chip Requirements for Grades 4-5
Webelos working on the Webelos badge or the Arrow of Light are required to earn their Cyber Chip. The Cyber Chip program helps children know and follow the rules of online safety.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety | Discipline
Scouts can be instructed in the rules and understand them and still not follow them. Why does this happen? It is not necessarily because the Scouts are trying to be disrespectful. In many cases they are caught up in the fun of the moment. But if they are not following the instructions of the activity supervisor and it has the potential to become unsafe, it is time to step in.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety | Applicable Laws
It seems to go without saying that we should follow the law. Clearly we aren’t going to take our Scout unit out and rob a bank – no matter how dire the fundraising needs! But what about that fishing outing coming up? Have we checked into the local licensing regulations and made sure that everyone who needs a fishing license will have one?
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety | Equipment Selection and Maintenance
Equipment selection and maintenance covers a lot of different things. You have to make sure the equipment is meant to be used for what you are using it for. For personal gear, like a helmet when biking or skiing or a PFD when boating, the equipment must fit properly. And for gear like camp stoves, you much check it regularly to verify that it is still in working order.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety | CPR Resource
The fifteenth point of the Sweet 16 is CPR Resource. Why take a chance? Encourage some adults in your unit to learn CPR. It’s one of those things you hope you never need, but if you do it could save a life.
Bear Paws for Action Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Paws for Action is one of the Bear required adventures. For this adventure, Bears learn about history, law enforcement, and conservation.