The BSA's Commitment to Safety
is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid.
The Boy Scouts of America and the Sam Houston Area Council have created guidelines to help units:
- Know, understand, and comply with all rules, policies, and procedures.
- Model safe behaviors when participating in Scouting events.
- Encourage staff, volunteer leaders and youth members to share in the management of risk.
- Promote, provide, and when appropriate, require health and safety training.
- Communicate the importance of incident and near-miss reporting and hold staff members accountable for implementing reporting procedures at unit, district, and council levels.
- Study incidents that do occur to learn from them, and modify risks where appropriate.
- Support enterprise risk management concepts.
The BSA's Safety Statement
BSA Sweet Sixteen of Safety
Risk Management Newsletter
Enterprise Risk Management Guide for Units
Incident Reporting Kit
Incident Descriptions and Reporting Instructions
Near Miss Incident Information Report
Incident Information Report
Click for First Aid Training Opportunities
Emergency management, emergency preparedness, and disaster services are common throughout the United States - we take care of each other. By whatever name, these activities encompass mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery related to any kind of disaster, whether natural, technological, or national security. Emergency preparedness
means being prepared for all kinds of emergencies, able to respond in time of crisis to save lives and property, and to help a community or even a nation - return to normal life after a disaster occurs.
The Emergency Preparedness BSA program is planned to inspire the desire and foster the skills to meet this challenge in our youth and adult members so that they can participate effectively in this crucial service to their families, communities, and nation. Please review the linked documents to help you family be prepared for emergencies.
Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security
Red Cross Hurricane App.
Emergency Preparedness for Families
Emergency Preparedness Awareness Resources
Beginning October, 2012, the new Annual Health and Medical Form (long version which includes high adventure and SCUBA information), Annual Health and Medical Form Parts A & B version (for use under 72 hours) and Annual health and Medical Form Parts A, B & C version
(for use which exceeds 72 hours but not including high adventure) will
be used by all Scouts and Leaders. It is good for 12 months from the
date of the exam by a health care professional. Many questions about use
of this form are answered in the FAQ's.
Philmont, Seabase and Northern Tier still require a more detailed health form.
Tour and Activity Plan
The new online tour and activity plan has been developed and is now active. Please go to www.myscouting.org. For the Council's Guidelines on when to file a tour plan, Click Here.
When compared to the former tour permit process, the new plan no
longer requires signatures or approvals. Rather, as the plan is
completed online, the required prerequisites for that type of trip or
activity will be displayed.
For any prerequisites that have not been met (for example, not having
someone on a trip who has Hazardous Weather training where this
training is required), and before being allowed to submit the form, the
person completing the form will have to certify that all prerequisites
will be met prior to conducting the trip or activity. Once submitted, an
email notification will be sent to your council, chartered
organization, committee chair, unit leader, and emergency contact to let
them know that a plan has been submitted. Receivers of this
notification can log in to MyScouting and review the plan.
Other tour and activity plan enhancements include the following:
- Because email notifications will be sent once a plan has been
submitted, it is important to maintain current leadership information in
- Links are provided to current program-required training and education.
- System prompts and warnings are included.
- You will be able to review and fix any deficiencies flagged by the system prior to submitting the plan.
- You can store, retrieve, copy, and reuse completed tour and activity plans.
- Files such as trekking plans and flight plans may be uploaded.
- Unit volunteers who currently have access to the tour and activity
plan will be able to view and update all plans submitted for their unit
up to the day before the scheduled tour date.
- There will be leader certification of the plan prior to submission.
For those who do not have
Internet access or simply prefer paper over an electronic version, a PDF
version can be found on the tour and activity plan FAQ page.
Guide to Safe Scouting
The purpose of the Guide to Safe Scouting
is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe
and prudent manner. The policies and guidelines have been established
because of the need to protect members from known hazards that have been
identified through 90-plus years of experience. Limitations on certain
activities should not be viewed as stumbling blocks; rather, policies
and guidelines are best described as stepping-stones toward an enjoyable
All volunteers participating in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting.
Unit leaders should be aware of state and local government regulations
that supersede Boy Scouts of America policies and guidelines. Click here.