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.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety
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.
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.
The twelfth point of the Sweet 16 is Safety Permit and Notices . Basically, this means if you need a tour plan or a local permit, get one.
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.
It is important to know the difference between uncomfortable weather and hazardous weather. BSA provides a great online course for learning about hazardous weather.
The tenth point of the Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety is Planning. When you are organizing an activity, what sort of contingencies have you planned for?
Equipment selection and maintenance covers a lot of different things – intended use, fit, checking operation regularly …
Of course, if an area looks unsafe, we wouldn’t let them go there. But we also need to actively look for hazards
Keeping our Scouts safe is our number one priority as Scouters. The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety describe the measures we should use at all Scouting activities. The first point of the Sweet 16 is Qualified Supervision.