Health and Safety

The Mt. Diablo Silverado Council Health and Safety Committee has published a number of articles on Scouting Safety. All Scout leaders should take the time to read these articles to help make every Scouting activity a safe and successful one. Use the menu on the left to view articles.

Proper Prior Planning for Activities

To help prepare units to think through safety issues for activities and to reduce risk, two new checklists have been released through the Enterprise Risk Management Committee from the National Office. One list will help with event planning, and the other can be used to prepare for campouts. These documents will help you keep youth and leaders safe and are invaluable in preparing your Tour Plan to keep your liability and accident insurance coverage incase something happens on your outing.

application-pdfCampout Checklist
application-pdfEvent Checklist

BSA Incident Reporting Policy

The Boy Scouts of America provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. A key responsibility that we all 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.

What Is an Incident?

Loosely defined, an incident is any unplanned event that results in harm to an individual, property, or the environment.

Why Report an Incident?

The information reported from incidents is valuable in preventing the reoccurrence of similar incidents. Reporting incidents promptly is also critical so we can respond to incidents in an appropriate manner, and it helps us properly manage any potential claims.

How Do I Report an Incident?

Reporting requirements are based on the severity of the incident. Please see the Incident Descriptions and Reporting Instructions page in the appendix.

Report Writing Tips

It is imperative that you fill out any incident reports as thoroughly as possible. This will help bring clarity to the situation and avoid unnecessary calls or emails for additional information. Photographs of the site, facilities, vehicles, or equipment can add value to the report. The following examples demonstrate a good, better, and best approach to incident reporting. Remember to include only pertinent facts about the incident. Do not assign blame or include personal opinions or recommendations.

Good: At summer camp, a Scout was playing a game and fell, twisting his ankle. He was sent off camp for more help.

Better: This August, a Scout was playing tetherball at summer camp, when he fell and broke his ankle. He was sent to the ER and was released.

Best: On August 6, 2012, a Scout was playing a game of tetherball at a Beaver Dam Summer Camp event, when he fell and twisted his left ankle. The Scout was initially treated by other Scouts and the health lodge, but further treatment was needed. The Scout was diagnosed with a high ankle fracture, was treated in an ER, and released later in the day with a restriction to stay off the ankle until he sees his personal physician.

application-pdfIncident Report Form