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New version of Guide to Safe Scouting now available

Can Scouts go skateboarding? What about wakeboarding?

Are they allowed to fire a cannon? Throw a tomahawk? Explore an abandoned mine? Sell fireworks?

Yes, yes, no, yes, no, and no.

How did I know all that? Easy. I read the Guide to Safe Scouting.

The comprehensive policies and procedures manual, available online, is a one-stop safety shop for packs, troops, teams, and crews.

And it has recently undergone a complete revision for 2011.

The last full printing of the Guide to Safe Scouting came out in 2007, though small revisions have been made since then. The latest version took two years to complete and features numerous revisions, additions, and deletions.

Even if you’re familiar with past versions of the Guide, BSA Health and Safety and Risk Management experts recommend re-reading it to make sure you’re up to date on the latest policies.

If you’re new to the Boy Scouts of America, now is the time to familiarize yourself with proper safety practices.

Just about any safety-related question you have is answered. For example…

  • Question: “Can my 17-year-old senior patrol leader drive a carload of guys to the weekend campout?”
    • Answer: No, that’s only allowed if certain conditions are met and he’s driving to or from an area, regional, or national Boy Scout activity or any Venturing event under the leadership of an adult. (see Section XI, “Transportation”)
  • Question: “I know Scouts cannot ride in the back of my truck on the way to a meeting, but what about in a parade?”
    • Answer: That rule can be relaxed for a parade, as long as certain safety precautions are followed. (see Section VIII, “Sports and Activities”)
  • Question: “Can my Webelos Scouts go scuba diving?”
    • Answer: No, only Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers may participate in scuba. (see Section II, “Aquatics Safety”)

Find answers to all of your questions by reading the whole Guide. Be Prepared, and stay safe. It’s your responsibility.

10 Comments on New version of Guide to Safe Scouting now available

  1. Fred Lauckner // April 6, 2011 at 8:32 am // Reply

    It would be really nice if there was a document that highlighted the changes made in the current version.

    I would like to just print out the modified pages and replace those in my printed copy of the guide instead of printing out an entire new version.

    • Fred,

      I’m told that the changes were too numerous to list. But the biggest changes were made to three chapters:

      Youth Protection
      Shooting Sports

      Hope that helps!

  2. An .epub or .mobi version would be nice too. 😉

  3. John Halter // April 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm // Reply

    If you have an iPhone, you can download the guide in pdf form and drag it into your iTunes ‘books’ section. It will sync with your phone and show up in iBooks.

    • Thanks, John. Good idea!

      • joe gruver // May 17, 2015 at 11:58 pm // Reply

        What about Android ?

  4. Pul Bartomioli // April 10, 2011 at 6:51 am // Reply

    Online version does not work. Each link produces a page with numerous error codes. I use IE as my browser.

  5. Pat Sukup // May 4, 2011 at 11:42 am // Reply

    I have been looking at the new g2ss. the question I have is on power tools the old AGE APPROPIATE GUIDLINES 2007 says boy scout can use power tools the new 2010 say nothing about power tools. Am to under stand that power tools can be used by all or are power tools not to be used at all?


  6. Pete Siegel // July 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm // Reply

    Earlier this week, I was driving the posted speed limit (70 mph) on IH-35. I was passed by a pickup towing a cargo trailer with Scout troop identification. The pickup was closely followed by a small church labled bus (maybe 20 – 25 passenger). The two vehicles were easily going 75 mph. This behavior was a direct violation of the Guide to Safe Scouting and there is no excuse for it. It was midmorning and they couldn’t have been in that much of a hurry to get to summer camp. When I got home, i searched for the troop number, found it, and emailed the district exec, district commissioner, and the council exec. I received replies thanking me for my concern with promises to get back to me after they investigated.

  7. Woohoo! You’re awesome, Bryan. I was just looking for this for a post. Thanks for posting this!

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