Scouting Safely

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The BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Suffolk County  Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them.

 Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do, to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid.

The Scouting program, as contained in our handbooks and literature, integrates many safety features. However, no policy or procedure will replace the review and vigilance of trusted adults and leaders at the point of program execution.

Please Read :

Guide to Safe Scouting 
The Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety
Safety Moments   Youth Protection 
Medical Forms   Training Resources
Scouter Code of Conduct   Virtual Meeting Safety

Digital Safety

Safety Moments


Tools to plan events and camp outs

Campout safety checklist provides guidance on safety issues that you may encounter at a Scouting campout. Along with the Guide to Safe Scouting and the tour and activity plan, this tool will help you in having conversations on identifying risks that need to be mitigated or eliminated.

Event safety checklist provides guidance on safety issues that you may encounter at a Scouting event (usually District/Council run) . This is a tool, not a list of mandatory guidelines. The intent of the checklist is to create conversations among event organizers around risks and ways to mitigate or eliminate them.

Incident Reporting

A key responsibility that all volunteers and professional staff share is providing an effective program that meets the needs of young people and provides the proper health and safety of everyone concerned.  It is important that we sustain the safe operation of our programs and promote continuous improvement through organizational learning. Timely and complete incident reports support analysis that is critical to identifying needed improvement of the programs offered by the Boy Scouts of America.

Incident Reporting

Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection Training (YPT) is designed to help you keep youth safe from abuse. During YPT, participants learn the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. After each section of material, participants will answer questions about that section’s topic. This course must be completed by all registered adults, and is highly recommended for parents and other adults working with youth. 


Note: Youth Protection Training in Suffolk County Council is required EVERY YEAR 

Scouts First Helpline

The protection of youth is the primary obligation of every individual involved in the Boy Scouts of America - including leaders, parents, members and professionals. The BSA has been and will continue to be vigilant in its efforts to create barriers that help prevent abuse and to recognize and report child abuse regardless of where it occurs.

As part of the BSA's "Scouts First" approach to the protection and safety of youth, the BSA has established 1-844-SCOUTS1 (844-726-8871) , a dedicated 24-hour helpline to receive reports of known or suspected abuse or behavior that might put a youth at risk.

The helpline's goal is to provide immediate assistance to ensure that the victim, unit, and council are fully supported and the actions taken are properly documented. Minor, non-recurring infractions with no indication youth are at risk can still be addressed at the unit or council level.


Safety PAUSE

Safety PAUSE graphic The Safety PAUSE process stresses the importance of a last-minute safety check in the field. By encouraging each Scout or adult leader to pause and reflect on the tasks at hand just before beginning, you have an opportunity to take necessary precautions to prevent any present or potential hazards. This is not a standalone tool. A formal risk assessment should be done first, such as a safety checklist or a program hazard analysis (PHA).


  • PAUSE before you start
  • ASSESS possible hazards
  • UNDERSTAND how to proceed safely
  • SHARE your plan with others
  • EXECUTE the activity safely

Other Resources

  • Scouting Safely The BSA’s Commitment to Safety, the main page for all Health and saftey information.  
  • Safety Moments Safety Moments are exactly what the name implies: opportunities to prepare for an activity, review safety measures, and report incidents correctly. Topics of this new series include incident reporting helps, safe use of medication in Scouting, weather-related safety, winter activity, and winter sports.
  • Health and Saftey Forms
  • Health and Safety alerts The BSA Health and Safety and Risk Management teams periodically issue alerts on important issues.
  • Safe Scouting Newsletter The Safe Scouting Newsletter is compiled by the Safe Scouting Support Committee and published twice a year.   
  • The Scouts Bsa Outdoor Program

Don Ghee  Risk Management & Policy Chair 646-483-5900
Kevin Tagg Health and Safety Co Chair 631-972-8714
Dorothy Young Health & Safety Chair 516-658-8778
Tom Rolston Council Youth Protection Champion 631- 368-7022
District Safety Champions  
David Marks Benjamin Tallmadge District 631-807-6199
Stuart Weinberg Matinecock District 631-403-0788
Anthony Di Mino Sagtikos District 631-609-7421
Paul Taylor Trailblazer District 631-790-7679


"A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens."
-Robert Baden-Powell