Scouters know what to do when something doesn't go quite right, and how to report incidents. Why are incident reports so important? Why do we as Scouters report every injury? Every incident submitted in Scouting across the country is tracked and categorized to help us be better prepared to predict and prevent common incidents from reoccurring.
The goal of Safety Week will be to highlight some trends from previous years and provide some guidance, tips, best practices, and activities to engage youth to be involved in the planning for the upcoming seasons’ adventures. Afterall, no Adventure is fun if someone gets hurt.
Fall Safety Week — September 26-30th 2022 : Be Prepared, Safely.
It’s time to let kids be kids again, safely. Let’s celebrate the change in season, and a new program cycle this fall with a week focused on "back to basics” activities, tips, and real stories from real members with a special lens focused on safety.
In Scouts, kids develop a wealth of character-building experiences that entertain, develop confidence, and nurture leadership skills for their tomorrows. Scouters also develop their skills through Scouting, with pandemic restrictions lessening, now is a great time to refresh our fundamental expertise in delivering a Safe Fun Program for all our youth members.
Frequent risk and hazard assessments can sometimes feel unnecessary or too “routine”; after all, with so many fun safe adventures happening in Scouts as Scouters we are constantly looking out for the safety of our youth. When running a safe program, week after week, sometimes those basic checkboxes become habit to tick. This week, let’s focus on reviewing these sometimes-overlooked questions and go “Back to Basics” to ensure that complacency doesn’t sneak into our safe adventures.
Every Season there are some common risks and activities that are avoidable by taking a moment to “Be Prepared”. For example, in the fall, kids go camping for the first time; Knife, Axe, Cooking Safety are common themes, due partly to our new members learning these skills for the first time!