Safety Moment: Bidding Farewell to the Tour & Activity Plan

For more than 50 years the BSA has used some form of planning and review tool, which was submitted to the local council or BSA National offices for review. Effective April 1, 2017, Tour and Activity Plans (T&AP) will no longer be used.  This is the result of recent evaluation by cross-functional team within BSA, […]

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Safety Moment – The Character of Safety

“Every wrong choice is preceded by a series of unwise choices.” —Andy Stanley, The Best Question Ever As a young boy I grew up in a small farming community in Southeastern Idaho. The summers could be hot and sometimes boring. One particularly hot July day a group of my friends and I decided the best […]

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Safety Moment: Winter Safety Tips

“It is the most wonderful time of the year”, so says the famous Christmas song and we are heading into the winter season, at least in climates of the northern hemisphere where cold and snow are present. For those who live in warmer climates, this message pertains to those of us who experience the wintry […]

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Safety Moment: Why Do We Encourage You to be Youth Protection Trained?

According to the Department of Justice, 60% of all children are victimized (in varying forms) before adulthood.  Although child sexual abuse (CSA) receives more press coverage and attention, it is only a small slice of the potential range of abuse that children may face. Abuse can range from maltreatment or neglect to physical or sexual […]

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Safety Moment: Preparing to Drive Safely

  The Scout Law reminds us: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. Now think about your last road trip. Were you courteous and kind to other drivers? Obedient to traffic laws? Cheerful? The driver’s seat of a vehicle, particularly when you have a carload of […]

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Safety Moment: Outdoor Hazards–Objective And Subjective

Education for outdoor dangers can be learned in multiple ways; probably the least effective is from personal experience. The problem with learning by experience is that the test comes before the lesson. Unfortunately, at times that kind of education can be deadly. Learning from others’ experiences, otherwise known as “training,” presents a much safer alternative. […]

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Safety Moment: Drowsy Driving —- Death by zzzzzz

It is late afternoon. You just finished cleaning up the last of the gear from Scout camp. The activities of the past few days have worn you down. The closing campfire ran late last night and you had an early morning to start breaking down camp. You cannot wait to be home. As you climb […]

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Safety Moment: A Focus on Safety in Your Quality Aquatics Program

May is National Water Safety Month—“What? A whole month dedicated just to aquatic safety? Are you kidding me?” Those were my first thoughts until I started looking at the statistics. “Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States. . . . About one in five people who die […]

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Safety Moment: Preparing For Weather Hazards

The Scout troop sponsored by my ward has a simple safety philosophy. Before each activity, the leaders remind the boys, “Let’s not do anything today that might get us on the news.” While this light-hearted approach may not cover everything, it’s certainly a good place to start. One important way to keep your troop out […]

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Safety Moment: Scouting Activities—Are You Physically Prepared?

Congratulations! You’ve been called to serve as a Scout leader. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are no strangers to service. Because the Church has no professional clergy, it is volunteer members who teach the classes, sing in the choirs, and vacuum the meetinghouse floors. It is also volunteer […]

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Mac’s Message #26: The Importance of Safety

Over the past several weeks my messages have stressed the importance of getting your Scouting-age boys outdoors doing hard things and serving others. It ought to go without saying that all of your Scouting activities should be done in a safe manner. You have an important responsibility to ensure the Lord’s young men are safe […]

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Safety Moment: Being Prepared for Winter Safety

Winter can mean exciting activities such as skiing and snow shoeing. Scouts can be very enthusiastic about the adventures of winter camping. Winter activities can also mean bright stars and thoughtful conversations. However, a safe and successful winter activity requires an even greater level of preparation than a similar activity in warmer weather. Winter activities […]

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