Scouting Safely in the Church


Accident Response and Reporting

Leaders should notify the bishop and stake president promptly if an accident, illness, or injury occurs on Church property or during an official Scouting or Church-sponsored activity. Leaders should also notify their local Scout council for Scouting activities.

For detailed guidelines on responding to accidents and reporting them, see Handbook 2, 13.6.20.


Church Activity Medical Assistance (CAMA)

Church Activity Medical Assistance (CAMA) applies to Church-sponsored activities, including Scouting. CAMA is administered by Deseret Mutual (DMBA) and provides assistance to participants of activities sponsored by stakes, wards, and branches of the Church in the United States. See the current DMBA CAMA handbook for information on how this assistance is provided (visit dmba.com/churchactivity for details or see Handbook 2, 13.6.9).


Emergencies

Leaders should be prepared for emergencies that may occur and should know in advance how to contact law enforcement and emergency services. For more information on reporting an accident or incident, please visit Handbook 2, 13.6.20.


General Safety

Leaders and youth should have fitness levels appropriate for the activity, and individual medical risk factors should be carefully considered. Before holding an activity, leaders should instruct all participants in safety practices unique to the activity. Leaders and youth should know and abide by all laws and safety guidelines pertaining to the activity or property.

For BSA-sponsored activities, leaders should comply with guidelines found in the Guide to Safe Scouting, published by the BSA. This publication is available online at scouting.org or can be purchased at BSA local council service centers. Leaders should also use the BSA Activity Consent Form and Approval by Parents or Legal Guardian and Annual Health and Medical Record, as required, when planning activities and outings. Activities should follow the BSA Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities.

For Church-sponsored activities not related to Scouting, priesthood leaders should also refer regularly to Handbook 2, chapter 13, for policies and guidelines regarding safety. For these activities, leaders can use the Church’s Event and Activity Plan and Permission and Medical Release Form. Additional safety guidelines are also found on safety.lds.org.


Liability Insurance

For official Scouting activities (see definition below), the BSA provides primary comprehensive general liability insurance protection for registered Scout leaders, Scouting units, and chartering organizations. See the “Insurance” section in the Guide to Safe Scouting for details.

For information on personal liability insurance for Church activities not related to Scouting, see Handbook 2, 13.6.9.

Neither the Church nor the BSA provides indemnification or defense coverage to individuals who commit intentional or criminal acts.


Official Scouting Activities and Unauthorized Activities 

An “official Scouting activity” is an activity that is consistent with the established programs, values, charter, bylaws, and rules and regulations of the BSA. The Guide to Safe Scouting provides important planning guidelines and includes a list of unauthorized and restricted activities. Unauthorized activities are not considered official Scouting activities.

Volunteers (registered and unregistered), units, and chartered organizations jeopardize insurance coverage for themselves and their organization if they engage in unauthorized activities. Leaders should not put themselves, others, or the Church at risk. See the “Insurance” section in the Guide to Safe Scouting for more details.


Travel

Leaders should follow the travel policies outlined in Handbook 2, 13.6.24, and the Transportation section of the Guide to Safe Scouting. In addition, members who travel in Church-sponsored Scouting groups can use the Event and Activity Plan as a planning resource tool. Church Scouting units may not own or acquire automobiles or buses for travel.

Drivers should obey all laws, make sure their vehicle is in safe operating condition, and ensure that each person properly uses a seat belt. Drivers should not drive if they are drowsy, use a mobile phone while driving, or engage in behaviors that would distract them.


Youth Protection

Resources to help leaders conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner:


BSA Safety Requirements

Resources to help leaders conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner: