Health and Safety

COL Health and Safety

Are you a first aid, CPR, or wilderness first aid instructor?  Would you like to be one?

The Cradle of Liberty Council is looking for American Heart Association (AHA), American Red Cross (ARC), and Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) certified instructors to teach safety courses to Scouters and Scouts.  Some safety courses are required for participation in certain activities; help us to enable youth to engage in the unique and exciting programming that Scouting has to offer!

The ultimate goal of this appeal is to develop a cadre of safety instructors so that a convenient, timely, and robust training schedule can be developed to train members so they may safely conduct Scouting activities in service to youth.

If you are already an instructor or are interested in becoming one,

please complete the interest survey. 

Yours in Safe Scouting,

Ed Moreland – Health and Safety and Committee Chair email

John Bickel – Director of Outdoor Adventures email

Guide to Safe Scouting

All participants in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting, applicable program literature or manuals, and be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede Boy Scouts of America practices, policies, and guidelines. The Guide to Safe Scouting is an overview of Scouting policies and procedures gleaned from a variety of sources. For some items, the policy statements are complete. Unit leaders are expected to review the additional reference material cited prior to conducting such activities.

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.

Perhaps this quote by Sir Robert Baden-Powell from his 1914 book Quick Training for War is appropriate to include here:  “… The books lay down definite principles and examples which serve to guide the leaders when applying their common sense to the situation before them. No two situations are ever precisely the same, and it is therefore impossible to lay down exact rules that should guide in every case, but a man who carries precedents and principles in his head has no difficulty in applying their teaching in supreme moments of sudden emergency …”


The Guide to Safe Scouting is available here.

BSA Annual Health and Medical Record information, click here

If you have a question, comment, or idea for a Tip Sheet,

please contact: colbsariskmanagement

Tip sheets

COL Tip sheets, click here


Scouting Safety Award Application, click here