The purpose of the Guide to Safe Scouting is to prepare 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.