Update to the Guide to Safe Scouting
BSA’S Commitment to Safety
The Safe Checklist
Prohibited Activity List
New Sections Incorporated in GTSS
Frequently Asked Questions
Safety is a value in Scouting! Safety as a core value treats safety as the most important item.
Thank you for being part of delivering this value to our Scouts and Scouters.
Pies Are for Eating, Not Throwing!
Do your unit leaders know that throwing things at people or striking people in Scouting is prohibited? For more on prohibited activities that include striking or throwing objects at each other, see #14 and/or #15.
Instead of throwing pies at leaders as a reward for achieving a goal (like popcorn sales) we recommend eating the pies instead. Hitting someone should never be a reward for achievement in Scouting. Also consider the lesson being taught about wasting or throwing food, not behavior we want to reinforce in Scouting. If you know someone has plans to conduct this
activity as a leader or parent, you have a responsibility to stop it.
What are some awesome and fun things leaders can do to reward Scouts for achieving a sales goal?
1. We opened this note with one suggestion. Use a pie (one you that you eat, not throw) as a recognition. Perhaps leaders can break up the goal into eight and track it by using a pie chart.
2. Customize the recognition. At the start of the sale, leaders can ask each Scout, with their parent, to write down what reward they would like. Leaders will want to set a budget limit on this.
3. Hold a special event for those who make the goal. A local sporting activity, trip to the
zoo, or perhaps a movie night.
4. Special unit t-shirt or iron-on for t-shirt. Make a special unit t-shirt that is presented to each Scout who reaches their goal, or perhaps someone can craft a special iron-on that can be placed on an existing t-shirt.
5. Coordinate with the school for a special lunch. Lunch with the Cubmaster or Scoutmaster
is a great example of how we want to reward achievement, something special.
Energy Drinks - The consumption of energy drinks by children may lead to serious medical consequences. The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that “stimulant-containing energy drinks have no place in the diet of children and adolescents.” Read more
Hiking is a great way to spend your time in the outdoors. It’s also a good way to get your heart pumping for some exercise or to test your limits. Some hikes are just a few hundred feet while others are many miles, but all can pose potential hazards if not carefully considered. Read more and/or Download PDF
Safety Moment - A Fatal Fall - Nolan Henderson's Story: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/fatal-fall-nolans-story/
Safety Moment - Dangers of Leaving Scouts Unsupervised, Sand Dunes, and Digging in Sand Dunes - Gage Wilson's Story: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/dangers-of-leaving-scouts-unsupervised-sanddunes-and-digging-in-sand-dunes-gages-story/
October 17th, 24th, 30th-31st
The Tanana Valley District Committee is making plans
for a District-wide Haunted Trail fundraiser and
The event will be open from 5-9 pm and will be $8 a
person or $20 a car, with a portion of the proceeds
distributed to Units based on their levels of
This event will take place this October at the Ice Art
Park in Fairbanks, where units will be able to sponsor
sections of the trail through the "single-block" section.
We need units willing to participate in order for this to
be a success! Unit Leaders should contact TVD
907-987-0011 for more information and to choose their
location along the route to sponsor
Scouts do stuff. They build things. Play with purpose. Make friends and work together.
Set goals and clear them. They go places. Physically. Mentally. Spiritually. These life-changing experiences — and the confidence they provide — become bricks in the wall of childhood. Bricks that eventually form a foundation. One a Scout can stand on to embrace opportunity and overcome obstacles. For the parents watching in awe, it’s not a question of where their Scout will go, but where won’t they go.
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April 24, 2019
The tragedy of child abuse, be it physical, sexual, or emotional is one that is truly heartbreaking.
Painfully, there have been incidents of abuse that occurred in our program, and we sincerely apologize that some despicable individuals used their positions in Scouting to harm children.
First and foremost, the Boy Scouts of America believes victims. To those who were harmed – we grieve with you, we respect you, and we want to help you heal. Over the years, Scouting has provided counseling for victims, no questions asked, for as long as they needed it.....Read more
This year has been hectic, to say the least — disrupted schedules, cancelled campouts and constant adjustments have become the norm. Any resource to help you keep track of changes and plan accordingly would be welcomed.