Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Summer, Safety & Fun - A Good Combination
Summer, Safety & Fun - A Good Combination
Sat, 26 Jun 1999 14:50:30 -0400
By now many Scouts and Scouters have already headed off to a fun-filled week
of summer camp. In the next few months more Scouts and leaders will be on
the road, in the outdoors, and on tour than the rest of the year combined.
And all of them are anxiously anticipating adventure, fun, sun and
This really is one of the great seasons for keeping the Outing in
Scouting -- a great time to get out and do things. And it can be a time for
building memories that are cherished for a lifetime.
By all means get your unit out and make sure everyone has a chance to
experience the fun of Scouting. Now here's the "but" part -- but make sure
that safety is your keyword!
Think safety! Plan safety! Act safely! Be Prepared!
If you are not familiar with the BSA's Guide to Safe Scouting,
http://www.usscouts.org/safety/g2ss.html, read it before you finish your
planning or depart on a trip. Know the rules of the road.
Be a risk manager. Evaluate situations for possible hazards. Plan to avoid
unnecessary risks and hazards.
Use the Safe Swim Defense Plan,
http://www.dynanet.com/~chadw/belay/guard/padballs.html, for any water
activities. Absolutely make sure no Scout is on the water without a
personal floatation device (life vest).
Know what to do when the weather turns bad before lightening strikes.
Be aware of tick born diseases and prevention.
And above all else drive safely. If you or another leader is too tired to
drive after an activity - don't. Wait in place. Call another adult to be a
Have a safe and fun-filled summer adventure!
Mike Bowman, Vice President
U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.