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Guide to Safe Scouting

The Guide to Safe Scouting prepares adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. The policies and guidelines have been established because of the real need to protect members from known hazards that have been identified through 90-plus years of experience. Limitations on certain activities should not be viewed as stumbling blocks; rather, policies and guidelines are best described as stepping-stones toward safe and enjoyable adventures. All volunteers participating in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting.


In situations not specifically covered in this guide, activity planners should evaluate the risk or potential risk of harm, and respond with action plans based on common sense, community standards, the Boy Scout motto, and safety policies and practices commonly prescribed for the activity by experienced providers and practitioners.


The Guide to Safe Scouting is available online and for download.

Youth Protection

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. All adult volunteers must be familiar with the principles of Youth Protection. A wide array of training opportunities for Youth Protection are available. Click on the image to the right to learn more about Youth Protection Training.



If you suspect child abuse, please report it immediately to the

Council Scout Executive Charles Flowers.

Charles can be reached at (203) 951-0800

or via e-mail at charles.flowers@scouting.org.


You may also report suspected child abuse to the

Boy Scouts of America by calling the

Scouts First Helpline (24/7/365) at (844) 726-8871 (SCOUTS1)

or via e-mail at youth.protection@scouting.org

Click here for more information on Child Abuse Reporting Requirements



Click here for information on State of Connecticut reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect


Youth Protection "Champion"


True youth protection can only be achieved through the focused commitment of EVERYONE in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of youthy protection awareness and safety at all levels in our organization, including the unit, district, council, area, region, and national levels.


Connecticut Yankee Council has created the position of Youth Protection Champion, or Advocate. Individuals serving in this position will provide support for each unit (Pack, Troop, Team, Crew, and Ship), each district, as well as for the Council. The general outline of of the Youth Protection Champion positions are available here.


Safety Checklists

These checklists provide guidance on safety issues that you may encounter while planning Scouting events and activities.


Health and Medical Records

The BSA National web site has the most recent Annual Health and Medical Record. 


BSA National Resources

The Boy Scouts of America has assembled all Health & Safety Resources here, which includes links to manuals, training programs, forms, and awards. The web page also includes important, up to date, safety alerts.