New Update to the Guide to Safe Scouting

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New Update to the Guide to Safe Scouting – Online Version

Changes have been made across the board.  From ages scouts can tent together (no more than 2 years apart), to Webelos not being allowed to camp at Camporees (only day visits), to no more dodge ball!  Sit down with your Committee and your PLC and make sure you are in compliance with the new policies.


The most recent update includes new additions to the Prohibited Activity Listing.  These activities are Prohibited as of October 1, 2019.  The new additions include but is not limited to dodge ball, flying in non-tethered hot air balloons, boomerangs, LARPing, trampolines, and chubby bunny.  Look at the list.  It has changed significantly.


An FAQ has been provided to help answer any questions you might have about the changes being made, to access the FAQ click


If you have not been introduced to the Guide to Safe Scouting or you have never taken the time to look it over, you are definitely missing a key part of our program.  This is an amazing guide and resource to things like: Youth Protection, Camping, Activity Planning, Transportation, Insurance, and Incident Reporting, plus much more.  The appendix has quick reference guides:

  • Motor Vehicle and Driver Checklist
  • Meeting Place Inspection Checklist
  • Flying Plan Checklist
  • Unit Money-Earning Application
  • Incident Reporting Tool
  • Near Miss Reporting Tool
  • Youth Protection/Membership Infraction Incident Information Form
  • Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities
  • Age Appropriate Camping Guidelines 34416Camping
  • Service Project Planning Guidelines
  • Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations
  • Campout Safety Checklist
  • Event Safety Checklist

Please be sure to keep this online version handy when considering a Scouting activity or planning a meeting or outing.

The HTML version of the Guide to Safe Scouting has been updated and can be found online at


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