A Scout parent hears her husband calling for help — a toddler is floating face down in their backyard swimming pool. Another parent is picking up his son up from track practice and notices a commotion nearby —one of his son’s teammates has collapsed on the track.
Shawn Sweeney, a Scouts BSA youth in Texas, was on the phone with a longtime family friend when his friend confided that he was having some troubles and not feeling good about himself. Then he said, “I want to end it.”
September is Suicide Prevention Month, and the BSA has released a video and discussion guide designed to be used at meetings of the BSA’s programs aimed at older youth: Scouts BSA units, Venturing crews, Sea Scout ships and Exploring posts.
When done correctly, hammock camping can result in a better night of sleep, a lighter backpack, and a smaller impact on the environment. On the other hand, an improper hammock setup can cause an idyllic scene to come crashing down – often literally.
Right now, across the country, BSA youth of all ages are participating in a variety of aquatics activities. Here are three things to think about this time of the year, courtesy of my friends on the National Scouts BSA Program Committee.
We at the BSA spend a lot of time teaching youth how to Be Prepared for rigorous Scouting activities. Since all Scouting activities are conducted under the engaged supervision of at least two conscientious adults,
“Safety is one of the most important things we do,” said Brad Tilden, the BSA’s brand-new national chair, as he kicked off the general session of the 2023 National Annual Meeting (NAM) this week in Atlanta.