Health & Safety
Health and Safety information from the Inland Northwest Council.
How is my son protected from inappropriate contact or activities during scouting events?
The troop follows the guidelines of the Boys Scouts of America and holds Youth Protection training annually for all scouts and parents. In general, the Youth Protection program consists of the following items (from The Guide to Safe Scouting):
Two registered adult leaders or one registered leader and a parent of a participant are required on all trips and outings.
No one-on-one contact
One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is not permitted. In situations that require personal conferences, such as a Scoutmaster’s conference, the meeting is to be conducted in view of other adults and youths. An adult cannot have non-child scout in their car unless other scouts are present.
Respect of privacy
Adult leaders must respect the privacy of youth members in situations such as changing clothes and taking showers at camp, and intrude only to the extent that health and safety require. Adults must protect their own privacy in similar situations.
When camping, no youth is permitted to sleep in the tent of an adult other than his own parent or guardian.
No secret organizations
All aspects of the Scouting program are open to observation by parents and leaders.
Proper clothing for activities is required. For example, skinny-dipping is not appropriate as part of Scouting.
Discipline used in Scouting should be constructive and reflect Scouting’s values. Corporal punishment is never permitted even with your own child. Yelling should be used only to warn of dangerous situations.
Physical hazing and initiations are prohibited and may not be included as part of any Scouting activity.
Scouting is a place where a boy is to feel safe and unthreatened.
The Boy Scouts of America prohibits the possession or use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances at activities on property owned or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members. All Scouting functions, meetings, and activities are conducted on a smoke-free basis, with smoking areas located away from all participants.