Health and Safety
Important! Incident Report Form
If an injury occurs during a unit outing that requires more than Scout-rendered first aid to treat
, an Incident Information Report
must be filled out and filed with the Longs Peak Council Office by sending it to the Council Risk Management Chair, Jeanene Gage
Why fill out an incident report? A key responsibility we all share is providing a fun and effective program that meets the needs of young people while providing for the proper health and safety of all concerned. This form alerts the council to the occurrence of the incident and provides valuable information to identify safety trends that help prevent similar injuries in the future. It may also help us walk the unit leaders through any insurance and liability issues.
(From the BSA Site)
Today's youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. In developing this exciting new tool, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® and training expert for many law enforcement agencies.
Sadly, many of our youth today face being bullied by their peers. In fact, it has become one of the most common problems at our schools and has occasionally continued into Scouting units if the warning signs go unnoticed. Current studies show that one-third of our youth are bullied in school at least once a month. While at one time it was considered a rite of passage, parents, educators, and community leaders now recognize bullying as a devastating form of abuse that continues to affect those who are bullied long after the abuse stops.
We all must keep a vigilant eye out in our units to make sure that this often unreported abuse doesn't creep into our packs, troops, and crews. We all owe it to the youth we serve to offer the safest and most positive environment available. Please download and print the following two pamphlets on the subjects of bullying and cyber bullying, then share them with your youth, their parents, and their leaders:
Our council's primary interest in reviewing tour plans is to help ensure that Scouts are kept safe from injury through leaders trained appropriately according to the activities and through a concerted unit effort to think through potential dangers of the outing, including the transportation of Scouts. It is also to help adult leaders insulate themselves from unnecessary risk of liability.
BSA's New Online Tour and Activity Plan
The BSA's new Online Tour and Activity Plan
is the recommended method for completing your Tour Plans. It does not require any signatures and does not require the council office approval step.
It is easy to use, and it is easy to re-use entered info for future tour plans.
As the plan is completed online, the required prerequisites for that type of trip or activity will be displayed.
More InformationTraining Video
If you cannot use the Online Tour Plan, you still have the option of filling out the "paper" Tour and Activity Plan form, getting the required signatures, and submitting it to one of the Council service centers for approval.
Please read the Longs Peak Council Tour Plan Information and Guidelines. It has additional important information, including details on both methods of filing your Tour Plans.
Wilderness Use Permits
Scout groups using some Wilderness Areas must obtain a "Visitor Use Permit" prior to arrival.
New - Float Plan Form
A float plan is required, by BSA's Guide to Safe Scouting, for all trips where you will use watercraft.
- Fill out the new Float Plan Form.
- Always provide a copy to a unit contact who is not on the trip.
- When the trip involves operating the watercraft on moving water (example: canoeing or rafting trip on a river), you must also file a copy with the council. Attach it to your online or paper tour plan.
- Longs Peak Council Addendum
Safe Swim Defense
Swimming in Moving / Flowing Water
- In all water activities in moving / flowing water where the water depth is at knee
level or above of the shortest participant, a personal flotation device (lifejacket)
will be worn by all participants.
- A downstream rescue method will be put into place while all water activity is taking place. Examples of methods to be used might be: (a) positioning a shore lifeguard with throwable rescue gear / line, (b) stationing lifeguards in a boat with throwable rescue gear / line, or (c) some other method that will allow rescue to take place for a person being swept downstream by the current.
- Jumping or leaping from shore or afloat into moving / flowing water will not be allowed.
- Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities
Youth Protection Training
- Youth Protection Training for Adults is available online at the BSA's Online Learning Center.
Health & Medical Forms
Cub Scouts can camp!
In addition to attending district and council camps, packs and Webelos dens can also go camping on their own. These guidelines
summarize BSA policies that apply to Cub Scout Pack Overnighters and Webelos Den Overnight Camping.
Aproved Camping Sites for Family Outings by the Cub Scout Pack
Patrol Overnight Camping
On the other hand, contrary to what many of us adults remember as BSA policy when we were Scouts, BSA no longer allows Scouts to camp overnight as patrols without adult leadership (which, of course, also must be two deep). The policy can be confusing because some of the Scouting publications have not caught up to the current BSA policy delineated in BSA's Guide to Safe Scouting.
Please read this discussion of the BSA rules
New BSA Guidelines on Youth Use of Tools, Work at Heights and Excavations
The use of tools, by any youth or adult, requires training in the proper use of those tools before a project starts. It also requires continuous, qualified adult supervision
and discipline during the project. The BSA recently issued new age appropriate guidelines regarding the use of tools, working at elevations (for instance, on a ladder), and
youth work on excavations. These guidelines are effective immediately and apply to all youth activities in Scouting, including Eagle Scout and other community service
Please be aware that manufacturers'
literature and age and skill restrictions supersede the recommendations in the BSA publication. If there is a conflict, leaders must follow the most restrictive guidelines.
We earlier published our own Longs Peak Council Power Tool Safety Guidelines which can still be used by adults providing supervision of our youth who are using power tools.
It includes both safety considerations that can be used as a checklist to teach our youth the proper use of power tools and a pledge to follow those guidelines.
BSA also published new Service Project Planning Guidelines, a checklist to help you plan that next service project.
The checklist references the Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations above. These guidelines should be followed for all Scouting service projects, not just those for an Eagle Scout service project. The guidelines must not be construed to be additional requirements for an Eagle Scout service project, but they do represent elements that should appear on the Eagle Scout candidate's final project plan from the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927. The next revision of the workbook will incorporate these guidelines.
Our Council has many amazing outdoor recreational opportunities, but each area has outdoor health, safety and weather challenges. The remote and high altitude regions of our Rocky Mountains require special preparation and training for camping, backpacking and even for day hikes. Basic first aid training is not enough for mountain adventures.
We encourage high adventure crews to ensure that at least one member is certified in Wilderness First Aid.
Enjoy our magnificent mountain adventures, but help ensure the safety of our youth and adult leaders with appropriate training, planning, and equipment.
High Altitude Illness
Any group hiking, backpacking, or camping in high altitude regions is likely to experience acute mountain sickness (AMS), with the real possibility of a crew member experiencing life-threatening severe high altitude illness (HAPE or HACE).
- Prevention is key and requires appropriate trip planning to allow participants to adjust to altitude gradually.
- Timely recognition of symptoms and immediate response can make the difference between life and death!
Basic First Aid training does not cover high altitude ilnesses, and even Wilderness First Aid courses may cover it only briefly, so it is critical to be prepared with additional information.
For More Information on Outdoor Safety Topics
See our Outdoor Safety page for links to:
- High Altitude Illness
- Winter Camping
- Winter Sports Safety
- Avalanche Awareness
- Cold Water Aquatics
- West Nile Virus
- Bears and Mountain Lions
- Fire Bans
Use of Council Camps
Emergency Preparedness in the Backcountry
Preparing for potential emergencies before departing for adventures in the backcountry is essential to making sure that everyone makes it back safely. This excellent article
lists many of the critical considerations when developing your plan for the adventure, including emergency communications devices. Adding these to your pre-departure planning steps may well save the life of a crew member when the unexpected happens and help will be delayed. The author is Robert Amick, Western Colorado Council's Vice President for Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Exploring, as well as that council's Risk Management and Health & Safety Committee Chair. He has extensive experience that is listed at the front of this article.
The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety
- The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety embodies good judgment and common sense for all Scouting activities:
- Qualified Supervision
- Physical Fitness
- Buddy System
- Safe Area or Course
- Equipment Selection and Maintenance
- Personal Safety Equipment
- Safety Procedures and Policies
- Skill Level Limits
- Weather Check
- Permits and Notices
- First-Aid Resources
- Applicable Laws
- CPR Resources
Use and Rental of Inflatable Party Rides
The increased use of inflatable party rides, such as "jumpy castles" and the like, and the potential for injuries resulting from unsafe usage, prompted your Council Risk Management Committee to offer some guidelines to assist unit leaders with the rental and safe use of these fun activities. The Guidelines document contains a checklist and a sign that may be posted at the entrance to such rides.
- Emergency Preparedness, BSA (all ages)
"The emergencies of today's world demand more than ever that our young people and adults be trained as individuals and as units to meet emergency situations. This program fosters skills in our youth and adult members so that they can participate effectively in this crucial service to their families, communities, and nation."
- Unit Health and Safety Award
Emergency Response Plan
Organized response to an emergency requires clear understanding of the responsibility of the persons and departments of the Longs Peak Council, coordination with City, County, State and Federal emergency response services, and periodic update, review and evaluation of results. This Emergency Response Plan describes the Longs Peak Council's concept of operations for response to potential emergencies and delineates the roles and responsibilities of departments and agencies that are expected to help protect lives and property.
Longs Peak Council Emergency Response Plan (condensed)
Health & Safety Resource Links
- Colorado First Aid (formerly Aurora Med Team)
Colorado First Aid provides:
- Quality certification for all levels of first aid, including CPR/AED. See their schedule of classes.
- American Red Cross
American Red Chapters have historically provided first aid training to citizens across the nation. Some chapters maintain websites where course schedules are listed, and other chapters must be contacted by telephone.
Below are the chapters servicing the territory of the Longs Peak Council:
- Centennial Chapter (Northern Colorado)
- Mile High Chapter (Boulder County and Denver Metro Area)
- American Red Cross of Wyoming
307-638-8906 (Office in Cheyenne, Wyoming)
- North Platte Valley Chapter (Portion of the Nebraska Panhandle)
308-635-2114 (Office in Scottsbluff, Nebraska)
- Other Sources
- Front Range Institute of Safety - Fort Collins, Colorado
- Wilderness First Aid Courses for Philmont
These courses meet or exceed the new 2007 Philmont wilderness first aid requirement:
Fire Safety Resources