Health & Safety

The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Sam Houston Area Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them.  Objectives of the Enterprise Risk Management programs are to educate the adult leadership in the available programs through training courses online as well as in a classroom setting. Information is also available in the Guide to Safe Scouting and on the BSA Scouting Safely website.
 

BSA Scouting Safely Site    |    Bullying Prevention    |   Climb on Safely    |   CyberChip
Hazardous Weather     |    Safe Swim Defense     |     Safety Afloat 
Trek Safely   |   Youth Protection Training

   

Bullying Prevention and Intervention

The values of Scouting make it clear that bullying cannot be tolerated. Scouting leaders have a unique opportunity to teach respect and acceptance of others. These simple presentations created by the BSA in conjunction with the US Department of Health and Human Services can be used by individuals, or in a group setting, to help our members and families learn more about preventing bullying in Scouting.

    

Climb on Safely

Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility, such as a climbing wall or tower.  All unit-sponsored/planned climbing activities, regardless of where they are held, fall under Climb On Safely. This applies to a single unit, or multiple units, that may be participating in a joint unit climbing activity.

There is inherent risk in climbing and rappelling. With proper management, that risk can be minimized. Leaders should be aware that Climb On Safely is an orientation only, and does not constitute training on how to climb or rappel. Climb on Safely training may be obtained from the BSA Online Learning Center at www.myscouting.org.

    
CyberChip

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.

 

   

Hazardous Weather

Hazardous Weather training must be completed prior to requesting a tour permit from the BSA. The module presents safety precautions for eight different types of weather, as well as planning, preparation, and traditional weather signs. Participants answer questions about the topics after each section. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database, if the module is experienced online. Hazardous Weather training may be obtained from the BSA Online Learning Center at www.myscouting.org.  Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes.  Hazardous Weather training must be completed prior to requesting a tour plan from the BSA.

  • Midland Radio is offering a special to BSA members on purchases of all styles of weather radios. They will give members 45% off their purchase of weather radios, by using the code "BSAWX." This code is only available to BSA members; to place an order or view their product line, visit www.midlandradio.com.

   

Safe Swim Defense

BSA groups shall use Safe Swim Defense for all swimming activities. Adult leaders supervising a swimming activity must have completed Safe Swim Defense training within the previous two years. Safe Swim Defense standards apply at backyard, hotel, apartment, and public pools; at established waterfront swim areas, such as beaches, at state parks and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes; and at all temporary swimming areas such as a lake, river, or ocean. Safe Swim Defense does not apply to boating or water activities, such as waterskiing or swamped boat drills, that are covered by Safety Afloat guidelines. Safe Swim Defense applies to other nonswimming activities whenever participants enter water over knee deep, or when submersion is likely, for example, when fording a stream, seining for bait, or constructing a bridge as a pioneering project. Snorkeling in open water requires each participant to have demonstrated knowledge and skills equivalent to those for Snorkeling BSA, in addition to following Safe Swim Defense. Scuba activities must be conducted in accordance with the BSA Scuba policy found in the Guide to Safe Scouting. Because of concerns with hyperventilation, competitive underwater swimming events are not permitted in Scouting.

Safe Swim Defense training may be obtained from the BSA Online Learning Center at myscouting.org.  Confirmation of training is required on tour and activity plans for trips that involve swimming.

    

Safety Afloat

BSA groups shall use Safety Afloat for all boating activities. Adult leaders supervising activities afloat must have completed Safety Afloat training within the previous two years. Cub Scout activities afloat are limited to council or district events that do not include moving water or float trips (expeditions). Safety Afloat standards apply to the use of canoes, kayaks, rowboats, rafts, floating tubes, sailboats, motorboats (including waterskiing), and other small craft, but do not apply to transportation on large commercial vessels, such as ferries and cruise ships. Parasailing (being towed airborne behind a boat using a parachute), kitesurfing (using a wakeboard towed by a kite), and recreational use of personal watercraft (small sit-on-top motorboats propelled by water jets) are not authorized BSA activities.

Safety Afloat training may be obtained from the BSA Online Learning Center at myscouting.org.  Confirmation of training is required on tour and activity plans for trips that involve boating. Additional guidance on appropriate skill levels and training resources is provided in the Aquatics Supervision guide available from council service centers.

    
Trek Safely

Trek Safely is designed to help Scouting groups be fully prepared for a backcountry trek. It will help each youth member and adult leader recognize situations that could develop, in which the group will have to adjust its schedule or route, or even make camp for the night because of weather circumstances or an injured or ill crew member. Crews that address possible scenarios in advance are less likely to be surprised on the trail. Contingency planning is critical to the success of every trip.  Trek Safely may be obtained from the BSA Online Learning Center at myscouting.org.

     

Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all new registered leaders, and must be retaken every two years to maintain registration. YPT is designed to keep our youth safe from abuse. Participants learn the Boy Scouts of America's Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. Every registered leader must take Youth Protection Training from the BSA Online Learning Center at myscouting.org.   A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.   Venturing Leaders must take Venturing YPT online.

Classroom Facilitated YPT:  All adults attending day camp, resident camp, boy scout summer camp or winter camp must also take Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training as required by the state.  Find a Classroom Facilitated YPT course near you.

 

Scouting Safely

The safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do, to the point that no injuries are acceptable, beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. 
 

Online Training

These courses and many others can be taken online at www.myscouting.org.

  • Create an account - this can be done with or without your BSA membership ID.
  • If you enter your membership ID, your training records will be updated at the council office.
  • If you are not yet registered, you can still take training.  Just print the certificate at the end of each course.
  • After your account is created, you will receive an email with a link. Click the link to activate your myscouting.org account. This must be done before you can log in. If you do not receive an email, check your spam/junk folder.
  • Once you log in to myscouting.org, click E-Learning on the left side. Trainings are listed under tabs (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, and General).
  • Submit your certificate of completion to your District Training Chair.

For Questions, Contact

Benno Dunn
Council Training Chair
 (281) 413-9912
 bennodunn@yahoo.com

Michelle Phillips
Program Chair and Training Chair Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3308
 Michelle.Phillips@scouting.org