District Health & Safety

District Health & Safety

District Health & Safety Chair: Open Position

Contained on this page are several forms that you may find helpful in conducting your unit/district programs.  There are many other forms relating to Health and Safety available from the Forms Tab - National Forms.  Forms such as Annual Health and Medical Form, are found on the National BSA Forms site.


Note * New Guide to Safe Scouting posted April 2011 

The purpose of the Guide to Safe Scouting is to prepare members of the Boy Scouts of America 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 100 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.

All participants in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting and be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede Boy Scouts of America policies and guidelines. The Guide to Safe Scouting provides an overview of Scouting policies and procedures rather than comprehensive, standalone documentation. For some items, the policy statements are complete. Unit leaders are expected to review the additional reference material cited prior to conducting such activities.

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.

The revised Guide to Safe Scouting and other Health & Safety updates are available herehttp://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety.aspx

The New Tour Plan superceeds both the local and national tour permits effective March 1, 2011.   The link will take you to an interactive FAQ were you can download, fill, sign and then save the pdf of 680-014 .

Or see attachments below

Training is an important part of Health & Safety. 

IMPORTANT TRAINING UPDATE....... Effective January 1, 2009... ALL units must have at least one person who has taken the online course "Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather" (renew every two years) on site, with their unit, anytime the unit leaves their home base. A copy of the new tour permit can be found on the National web site with the following link: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34426.pdf     Beginning January 1, 2009 only the new tour permit will be accepted . The new information on the tour permit can be found on page 2 under Activity Standards: Activity Standards: Where swimming or boating is included in the program, Safe Swim Defense and/or Safety Afloat standards are to be followed. If climbing/rappelling is included, then Climb On Safely must be followed. At least one person must be trained in CPR from any recognized agency for Safety Afloat and Climb On Safely. At least one adult on a pack overnighter must have completed Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO). Effective for tours on January 1, 2009, at least one adult must have completed Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather training. Please help us get out the word that any units with "old" blank tour permits filed away should dispose of them and use only the new ones. Also, please encourage ALL Leaders to take this online course. Keeping in mind that if only one person in the unit has this training and that person cannot attend an event, the unit will not be able to attend or if the one trained leader becomes ill at the event and must leave .....the entire unit must leave the event. This course takes 30 minutes or less to complete and certainly should be taken by all our leaders so we can "Be Prepared". Here is a link directly to the online learning page: http://olc.scouting.org/

Youth Protection Training (renew every two years)

YPT ensures boys involved in scouting are kept safe. Before being involved with boys, EVERY adult member must complete Youth Protection Online - attach certificate to registration form. All registered adult volunteers must complete and fully understand and comply with the Youth Protection Policies of the BSA.

  • Parent Guides on youth protection are printed in the front of all Cub Scout and Boy Scout handbooks. They are available online at: Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
  • Hazardous Weather: planning and decision making regarding weather for a safe outing. Renew every two years. Can be taken online at BSA Hazardous Weather
  • BALOO - Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation for Cub Scout leaders is a one-day training event that introduces participants to the skills needed to plan and conduct Pack outdoor activities, particularly Pack family camping. This training is required for any adult who is in charge of planning a pack campout, and it is required that at least one adult per pack complete BALOO training in order to apply for tour permits. BALOO training is offered by individual districts.
  • OWL - Outdoor Webelos Leader Training is for all Webelos leaders. This training course covers the skills & resources needed to teach the outdoor activity badges and helps to provide good & safe outdoor experiences. Completion of this training is required before a Webelos Den can go on a campout. This is district-scheduled training.
  • Safe Swim Defense: introduction to BSA water safety policies. When taught in-person, takes about 20-30 minutes and participants receive a completion card good for 2 years. Swimming events require Safe Swim Defense trained leaders. Renew every two years. Can be taken online at BSA Aquatics
  • Safety Afloat: introduction to BSA boating policies. Training takes about 20-30 minutes and participants receive a completion card good for 2 years. Water craft events required Safety Afloat trained leaders. Renew every two years. Can be taken online at BSA Aquatics
  • Climb On Safely: This training lasts about 45 minutes and provides all the information you need to meet the minimum requirements for a climbing activity. This does not consist of any training or certifications in climbing, but provides the essential components of a safe outing. Renew every two years. Can be taken online at: myscouting
  • CPR Certification: Normally not offered through a BSA unit, but at least two currently CPR certified adults are required on many high adventure outings. Offered by Atlanta Area Council at least twice a year, and at Woodruff summer camp. American Red Cross & American Heart Association certifications also acceptable. Check your card's expiration date for renewal.
  • First Aid Certification: Normally not offered through a BSA unit, but at least two currently first aid certified adults are required on many high adventure outings.  Check your card's expiration date for renewal.

In partnership with other organizations such as the American Red Cross and SOLO, several opportunities are offered each year for advanced safety training and certification.

  • Wilderness First Aid Training
  • Basic Wilderness First Aid - SOLO Course:

     Are you going to be part of a high adventure Philmont, Northern Tier or Sea Base crew? Wilderness First Aid is now required for the crew leaders. Are you a weekend hiker on the Appalachian Trail or in the Cohutta Wilderness? Are you ever out of cell phone range and unable to "Call 911" when you are with your troop or crew? If so, you need to know more than what is taught in standard first aid classes designed for places where "Call 911" brings emergency assistance. How good are your first aid skills? Come to the Camp Allatoona Aquatics Base in Woodstock for Basic Wilderness First Aid Training. A well trained Scout, Venturer or Scouter with the first aid skills taught at this course will be an asset to any high adventure trek, venture crew or troop. The course is open to scouts and venturers 14 or older, male and female, and to adult Scouters.

  • Courses fill well in advance. Plan accordingly.

    For the most up-to-date Wilderness First Aid information and a list of Wilderness First Aid contacts, please visit www.first aid-AAC.org and for schedules & locations: https://atlantabsa.doubleknot.com/openrosters/Calendar.asp

  • CPR/AED Certification Saturday
  • TIME TO CHECK YOUR CPR Certification Date....Be Prepared to Save a Life.

    Why??? it is required for BSA tour permits and summer camp adult leadership ...Please check your units certification dates.

    Why??? this course will help scouts satisfy the numerous outdoor skills merit badges requirement to Demonstrate CPR knowledge... Save time at summer camp by learning CPR now...

  • We are Welcoming Girl Scout leaders, parents, friends and scouts to take the course and volunteer as well, so please pass this note on to any Girl Scout leaders.


  • Saturday, December & March Dates. Course takes about 3.5 hours to complete. Staggered start times.  More Info & register at: http://www.atlantabsa.org/openrosters/Calendar.asp

  • Also offered at Woodruff Summer Camp for attending leaders

 The Boy Scouts of America has nearly a century of experience conducting high-adventure outdoor activities in a manner that is safe for all participants. The following resources and information are provided to enable adult leaders and youth to help us maintain our impeccable safety record.

General Resources - Scouting Safely

The National BSA Health and Safety Service offers online news, links, and resources to help you plan and prepare for safe Scouting events. Visit:  http://scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety.aspx

Managing Risk (from the Fieldbook)
The best way to stay safe in the outdoors is to avoid getting into trouble in the first place. That requires planning, training, leadership, good judgment, and accepting responsibility—in short, risk management.

Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities
This chart provides an at-a-glance reference to activity guidelines that are based on the mental, physical, emotional, and social maturity of youth members.

Guide to Safe Scouting
The Guide to Safe Scouting is the unit leaders' guide to current policies and procedures.

The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety
As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in Scout activity, the BSA National Health & Safety Committee have developed 16 points that embody good judgement and common sense for all activities.

The Driver's Pledge
This pledge outlines five key points that a driver should attend in order to safely convey Scouts of their outings.

Risk Management Newsletter
The Risk Management Newsletter provides timely news about current issues and recent updates to our policies and procedures.

Health and Safety News
The Health and Safety Service provides periodic updates for Scouting leaders on a variety of relevant health- and safety-related topics

Policy on Use of Chemical Fuels
This policy is intended to encourage safe practices when using chemical fuels - liquid, gel, and gas.

Emergency Preparedness Award
Working with the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Boy Scouts of America has developed an award program to help Scouts to be prepared for emergencies of all kinds.

BSA Bike Safety Guidelines
This set of guidelines and procedures provides guidance for the use of bicycles in program activities on every level of the organization.

The Latest First Aid for Wounds and CPR
The BSA has checked with experts in the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and with the American Red Cross.