Category Archives: Safety & Health

Rock Canyon
By Randell Keys
Oct 24, 2014

Right Place, Right Time—Being Prepared

Many of us never worry about falling 30 feet. We usually have the correct equipment when we do any climbing and rappelling as illustrated in Elder Richard G. Scott’s video, ‘A Secure Anchor’  In reading through the ‘Pillars of Scouting,’ pillar 5 states, “Be prepared to be good fathers and husbands by following the examples [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Sep 03, 2014

Planning for Safety and Incident Reporting

An injury that doesn’t happen needs no treatment. An emergency that doesn’t occur requires no response. An illness that doesn’t develop demands no remedy. The best way to stay safe in the outdoors is planning, training, leadership, good judgment, and accepting responsibility—in short, risk management. Risk management is so much a part of outdoor adventures [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 18, 2014

A Few Answers to BSA Insurance Coverage Questions

I’ve just returned from a week at Philmont, where I received BSA Risk Management Training. The mantra of Enterprise Risk Management is not to say “no” but to help Scouters “know.” Below are brief outlines of insurance coverages you should know are available to volunteers and chartered organizations. Comprehensive General Liability Insurance This coverage provides [...]

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By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Aug 17, 2014

Teaching Duty

Part of a speech given by Bishop Gary E. Stevenson, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the Boy Scouts of America national annual meeting on 23 May 2013. So here is the lesson for us. Duty to God is a new concept for young minds. Scouts need the understanding that goes [...]

Lost Scout Feature
By Melany Gardner
Aug 15, 2014

Lost Scout follows training, is found in perfect condition

Tuesday evening Boy Scout Benjamin Kohler spent more than 12 hours separated from his troop in the High Uintahs before he was found in “perfect health” Wednesday by a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter crew. Troop 217 from Midway, UT was doing a 50-miler around Yellowstone Canyon and Swift Creek Basin. While fishing at [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Aug 05, 2014

General Health and Safety FAQs

Every Summer the phones at our Scout Service Centers with safety questions. The most common can be answered here: Annual Health and Medical Record, tour and activity plan, shooting sports program. But here are several others we often get: Age-Appropriate Guidelines Q. Can Scouts use zip lines? A. Zip-lining is considered age-appropriate for Venturing-age youth [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Jul 24, 2014

Scout Pioneering – Good, Ol’Fashioned, Outdoor, Scouting Fun for the 21st Century!

Today is Pioneer Day in Utah—168 years ago pioneers were entering the Salt Lake Valley. In commemoration, there are celebrations all over the state. In my town, Provo, it all centers around North Park activities that include wagon rides, mountain men, wood carving, caskets and coffins, wooden tops, tomahawk throwing, trading blanket, native American village, [...]

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By LDS-BSA Relationships
Jul 08, 2014

Safety in LDS Church Activities

May 15, 2014, the Office of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints sent the following letter to General Authorities, area Seventies, Stake, Mission and District Presidents, Bishops and Branch Presidents: Included with letter was the following: Reaffirming Safety Guidelines for Activities May 15, 2014 Following are general guidelines for planning [...]

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By Bryan Wendell
May 12, 2014

New Jersey Scouts help rescue NBC journalist Ann Curry

Scouts learn first-aid skills in Scouting without ever knowing when they’ll need to use them. Or on whom. Last month a group of New Jersey Boy Scouts helped rescue the NBC journalist Ann Curry after she had broken her ankle while hiking. On April 5, 2014, Scouts from Troop and Crew 368 out of Berkeley Heights, N.J., were on a Philmont [...]

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By Community Submission
Apr 16, 2014

Are You Ready for the Great Utah ShakeOut?

Major earthquakes can cause unprecedented catastrophes. With earthquakes as an inevitable part of our future, Scouts and Scouters should make plans and take actions to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes. What we do now, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. BSA and other organizations of all sizes can also use the [...]

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By Darryl Alder
Apr 07, 2014

Learn Safe Climbing Skills

It must be spring because there isn’t a week that goes by without someone calling the Scout Service Center to find out about climbing safety requirements. Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for safely organizing climbing and rappelling activities; either at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as [...]

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By Boy Scouts of America
Mar 21, 2014

A Commissioner’s Role in Youth Protection

Commissioners are active at every level in Scouting, from the national commissioner as part of the national Key 3 all the way down to the “boots-on-the-ground” unit commissioner advising the unit’s Key 3. Commissioners provide continuity in Scouting’s organizational structure; we are therefore in a unique position to champion Youth Protection training throughout Scouting. Why [...]

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By Melany Gardner
Mar 21, 2014

The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety

Few youth organizations encompass the breadth, volume, and diversity of physical activity common to Scouting, and none enjoy a better safety record. The key to maintaining and improving this exemplary record is the conscientious and trained adult leader who is attentive to safety concerns. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a [...]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Mar 21, 2014

How to Submit a Tour Plan

When engaging in activities outside the council boundaries or activities unsupervised by the district or council, Scout leaders should submit a Tour Plan. This article will describe the sort of situations a Tour Plan may be needed and how to submit the new form. SCOUTING LEADERS MUST USE GOOD JUDGMENT AND PRUDENCE WHEN CONDUCTING ANY SCOUTING ACTIVITY The [...]

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By Utah National Parks Council
Feb 10, 2014

NRA Foundation Awards Grant to Utah Scouts

Utah National Parks Council Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Utah National Parks Council receives 2 NRA grants Orem, UT. February 10, 2014 –  Teaching respect for firearms helps Boy Scouts develop good character. John Kendall, NRA Field Representative- Utah, is pleased to announce a grant of $23,035.17 to the Utah National Parks Council of the [...]

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By Boy Scouts of America
Feb 03, 2014

The BSA’s Commitment to Safety

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 Scouting program itself, activities Scouts participate in on [...]