Cannon Prohibition Announcement 

Effective September 21, 2021, there is no longer an exception for the use of cannons at council camp ceremonies. The use of cannons is prohibited at all Scouting activities. The Guide to Safe Scouting Prohibited Activities listing has been updated to reflect this change. A revised version of the BSA Shooting Sports Manual will be released in January 2022, reflecting this updated BSA policy. Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Update to the Guide to Safe Scouting

The update to the Guide to Safe Scouting is now available in PDF here and online here. The Fall 2021 updates include:

Aquatic Policy
- Update to the Scuba Policy.
- Prohibiting the use of Full-Face Snorkels.
- Lifejacket language to reflect performance levels.

BSA’S Commitment to Safety
- Update to the BSA’S Commitment of Safety.

Camping Policy
- Update in Format/Delivery.
- Age-Appropriate Guidelines for camping integrated into Age-Appropriate for Scouting.

Immunization Policy
- Update to the current Vaccination Policy. (Effective 6/1/2022)

The Safe Checklist
- Transition from the Sweet 16 Of BSA Safety to SAFE Scouting.

Transportation Policy
- Update in Format/Delivery.

Prohibited Activity List
- Council cannon use exception has been eliminated.

New Sections Incorporated in GTSS
- Wilderness First Aid
- Hazard Trees

Frequently Asked Questions
Prohibited Activities FAQ:

Safety is a value in Scouting! Safety as a core value treats safety as the most important item.

Thank you for being part of delivering this value to our Scouts and Scouters.

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Pies Are for Eating, Not Throwing!
Do your unit leaders know that throwing things at people or striking people in Scouting is prohibited? For more on prohibited activities that include striking or throwing objects at each other, see #14 and/or #15.
Instead of throwing pies at leaders as a reward for achieving a goal (like popcorn sales) we recommend eating the pies instead. Hitting someone should never be a reward for achievement in Scouting. Also consider the lesson being taught about wasting or throwing food, not behavior we want to reinforce in Scouting. If you know someone has plans to conduct this
activity as a leader or parent, you have a responsibility to stop it.
What are some awesome and fun things leaders can do to reward Scouts for achieving a sales goal?
1. We opened this note with one suggestion. Use a pie (one you that you eat, not throw) as a recognition. Perhaps leaders can break up the goal into eight and track it by using a pie chart.
2. Customize the recognition. At the start of the sale, leaders can ask each Scout, with their parent, to write down what reward they would like. Leaders will want to set a budget limit on this.
3. Hold a special event for those who make the goal. A local sporting activity, trip to the
zoo, or perhaps a movie night.
4. Special unit t-shirt or iron-on for t-shirt. Make a special unit t-shirt that is presented to each Scout who reaches their goal, or perhaps someone can craft a special iron-on that can be placed on an existing t-shirt.
5. Coordinate with the school for a special lunch. Lunch with the Cubmaster or Scoutmaster
is a great example of how we want to reward achievement, something special.
6. Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Energy Drinks    -  The consumption of energy drinks by children may lead to serious medical consequences. The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that “stimulant-containing energy drinks have no place in the diet of children and adolescents.”  Read more


Hiking is a great way to spend your time in the outdoors. It’s also a good way to get your heart pumping for some exercise or to test your limits. Some hikes are just a few hundred feet while others are many miles, but all can pose potential hazards if not carefully considered.  Read more and/or Download PDF


Hammock Camping -


Safety Moment - A Fatal Fall - Nolan Henderson's Story:


Safety Moment - Dangers of Leaving Scouts Unsupervised, Sand Dunes, and Digging in Sand Dunes - Gage Wilson's Story:

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