Risk Management

This Month’s Safety Moment

Each month we share an important message regarding safety while participating in Scouting. Be sure to return here often to check out each month’s Safety Moment.

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Important Updates


The Enterprise Risk Management committee has put together a "Unit Enterprise Risk Management Guide" to assist adult leaders with conducting safe Scouting activities.  For more information, click HERE.


Event and Campout Safety Checklist

  • Event Safety Checklist - This is primarily intended to be used for district and council events. For more information, click HERE.

  • Campout Safety Checklist - This is intended to be used at any campout event. For more information, click HERE.


Update Resources: 

  • 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. For more information, click HERE.

  • Cave Safely, Cave Softly - Learn before you go. Caving can be an exciting unit activity, but requires knowledge and preparation. This guide can help. For more information, click HERE.

  • Canyoneering Safely - Another exciting adventure for units prepared with the right knowledge and equipment. This guide will help in that preparation and keep Scouts and leaders safe. For more information, click HERE.



Tour and Activity Plan Terminated: A cross-functional team has completed an evaluation of the BSA's Tour and Activity Plan, resulting in a recommendation to terminate the plan effective April 1, 2017.  For more information, click HERE.

Incident Reporting:  The national website contains a wealth of information regarding these reports; including the different kinds of incidents that may be reported, why it is important to report an incident, and tips for writing your descriptive report.  
For more information, click HERE.

Incident Reviews:  Also available is a series of past occurrences that can be reviewed.  It is our hope that by discussing previous incidents, future occurrences can be prevented.  
For more information, click HERE (and scroll to the bottom of the page).  

The Boy Scouts of America has taken a stance regarding Knockerball (a.k.a. BubbleBall, Battle Ball, Zorbing, and similar orb activities).
  Regarding these activities, they have issued the following: "No one in a Scouting setting has been seriously injured in one of these to date, and we prefer to be proactive and cautious in our approach to this activity. Hence a multidiscipline task force comprised of program, marketing, development, legal, risk management, and health and safety professionals and volunteers has evaluated the risks of their use, reviewed their accident history, as well as the positions of various state and federal agencies on their use. This task force has come to the conclusion that the orbs (of any size) do nothave a part in either the program or as an activity of the Boy Scouts of America or its affiliates" (emphasis added).

For more information, click HERE.

A recent change in the Guide to Safe Scouting provides additional guidelines for fifteen passenger vans: “Effective September 1, 2015, the use of 15-passenger vans manufactured before 2005 will no longer be allowed in connection with Scouting programs and activities. Any 2005 or later 15-passenger vans may be used if equipped with Electronic Stability Control and seat belts for all passengers including the driver. This applies to all vehicles, regardless of ownership.”

For more information, click HERE.

Safety Moment Archive

Welcome to the Great Salt Lake Council's Safety Moment Archive. Here you will find valuable information and topics regarding how to keep your Scouting safe during activities. Continue to visit this page throughout the year to read the current issue of the Safety Moment.