Guide To Safe Scouting

BSA 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 real 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 safe and enjoyable adventures.

Unit leaders should be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede Boy Scouts of America policies and guidelines.

In situations not specifically covered in this guide, activity planners should evaluate the risk or potential risk of harm and respond with action plans based on common sense, community standards, the Boy Scout motto and safety policies and practices commonly prescribed for the activity by experienced providers and practitioners.

Viewing the online Guide:
The Guide to Safe Scouting is available through the national BSA website in two formats:

  • One for reading online - this version is divided into chapters and includes a search engine.
  • Another for reading off-line - the entire publication is presented in a single interface to facilitate print out.

BSA Rules and Policies: 
Bold type throughout the Guide to Safe Scouting denotes BSA rules and policies.

Guide Knowledge Quiz:
Leaders who have reviewed the Guide to Safe Scouting will have the opportunity to take a competency quiz through this website. Leaders who complete the quiz will receive a special patch as recognition. Check back soon for more information.

A bound hard copy version (BSA Supply #34416E) is also available. To obtain a copy, call
1-800-323-0732 to request an Official Boy Scout Catalog.