Cannon Prohibition Announcement
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.
SAFETY MOMENTS ARCHIVE
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/