Health & Safety
The health and safety of our scouts are the top priority of our unit
as well as the Boy Scouts of America. To keep our scouts safe at all
times, all of our leaders must complete Youth Protection training prior
to their first day working with the scouts. They also must retake this
training every two years. Additionally, all leaders are given a copy of
the Guide to Safe Scouting for Unit Activities, which provides
strict and specific guidelines that unit leaders must follow during
their scouting events. Parents and leaders may view the most updated
version of the Guide to Safe Scouting for Unit Activities on the Boy
Scout of America website: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS/toc.aspx
In order to provide better care for its members and to assist them in
better understanding their own physical capabilities, the Boy Scouts of
America recommends that everyone who participates in a Scouting event
have an annual medical evaluation by a certified and licensed health
care provider— a physician (M.D. or D.O.), nurse practitioner, or
Parts A and B are to be completed at least annually by participants
in all Scouting events. This health history, parent or guardian informed
consent and hold harmless/ release agreement, and talent release
statement are to be completed by the participant and parents or
— Adult unit leaders should review participants’ health history and
become knowledgeable about the medical needs of the youth members in
— This form is to be filled out by participants and parents or guardians, and kept on file for easy reference.
Part C is the physical exam that is required for participants in any
event that exceeds 72 consecutive hours, for all high-adventure base
participants, or when the nature of the activity is strenuous and
demanding. Service projects or work weekends may fit this description.
— Part C is to be completed and signed by a certified and licensed
health care provider—physician (M.D. or D.O.), nurse practitioner, or
First Aid, CPR, and Emergency Preparedness
First Aid is the first help given to someone who has had an accident
or other health emergency. If more attention is needed, first-aid
treatment helps keep an injured or ill person as safe as possible until
medical personnel arrive.
BSA strongly recommends that everyone be trained in first aid and
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as an endeavor to revive victims of
cardiac arrest (no breathing, no pulse). CPR may be taught by
instructors currently trained by a nationally certified provider such as
the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Emergency Care and
Safety Institute, or American Safety and Health Institute.
Pack #310 is equipped with a first aid kit as well as an emergency
preparedness kit that will be in the possession of an adult volunteer on
all major scouting events.
The taking of prescription medication is the responsibility of the
individual taking the medication and/or that individual’s parent or
guardian. If there is an adult volunteer, on the pack committee or
serving as one of the unit leaders, who has been trained to administer
medicine to children, they may administer medicine in lieu of the
child’s parent or guardian as long as they have consent from the parent
Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Use
The Boy Scouts of America prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages
and controlled substances at encampments or activities on property owned
or operated by Boy Scouts of America, or any activity involving
participation of youth members. Adult leaders should support the
attitude that young adults are better off without tobacco and may not be
allow the use of tobacco products at any BSA activity involving youth
participants. All Scouting functions, meetings, and activities should be
conducted on a smoke free basis.
First Baptist Church Denbigh provides a meeting place for the scouts
to meet. The meeting place including the elevator is inspected annually.
All vehicles used to transport scouts, church owned or personally
owned, must be inspected annually. All scouting equipment must be
inspected on a regular basis.