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 Scout activity, the BSA National Council have developed the “Sweet Sixteen” of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These 16 points, which embody good judgement and common sense, are applicable to all activities.

Check out our graphic of the the Sweet 16 of BSA Safety (click on the picture for a larger view):

page01Download an 11 x 17 PDF of the poster here: Sweet 16 Safety diagram

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Author: Melany Gardner | Marketing & Program Assistant, Utah National Parks Council, BSA

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One thought on “The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety

  1. Joanne ReinertsonJoanne Reinertson

    If every leader were trained to use the Sweet 16 of BSA Safety, health and safety risks would be at a minimum. The flyer with pictures of “Sweets” should remind each person on the importance of these safety categories and “how sweet it is” when they are followed. Thank you for reminding us of the critical use of the Guide to Safe Scouting.


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