BSA requires discussion of personal safety throughout it’s programs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anyone who has ever been to camp with a bunch of Scouts knows that safety needs to be our first priority. The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety describe the measures we should use at all Scouting activities. The second point of the Sweet 16 is Physical Fitness.
Some participants in an activity might resist wearing the helmet or PFD, but it really doesn’t matter if they want to wear the equipment or not. Either they comply or they don’t participate.
Some of the things we do with our Scouts, especially our older Scouts, can be hazardous if you don’t follow the safety rules.
Paws for Action is one of the Bear required adventures. For this adventure, Bears learn about history, law enforcement, and conservation.
Of course, if an area looks unsafe, we wouldn’t let them go there. But we also need to actively look for hazards
Equipment selection and maintenance covers a lot of different things – intended use, fit, checking operation regularly …
Forensics is one of the Bear elective adventures. For the Forensics adventure, Bears learn about law enforcement methods which are used to solve crimes.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
By completing the requirements for the Swimming merit badge, Scouts learn to safely enjoy activities in the water. They learn about water rescue methods and swimming strokes. Then they show that they have the skills to safely participate in aquatics activities.
Working on the requirements for the Crime Prevention merit badge helps Scouts stay safe in their homes and in the community. Scouts learn to identify and be alert to situations which may lead to crime. They learn about the dangers of substance abuse. Scouts also explore careers opportunities in the field of crime prevention.
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.
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.
Second Class requirement 9 is about being a good leader. Scouts learn about personal safety and how to respond to bullying.