As part of the 2021 BSA National Annual Meeting, the organization held multiple Fireside Chat virtual meetings on a series of key topics. These included Safety, Membership Growth, Female Board Leadership, and Governance. Safety was the topic for the first of these meetings.
The safety-focused Fireside Chat featured a discussion on the new S.A.F.E. Scouting approach. This means Supervision, Assessment, Fitness & Skill, and Equipment & Environment. To help ensure the safety of its participants, the Boy Scouts of America expects leaders to use the four points of S.A.F.E. when delivering the Scouting program.
The session also discussed the availability of extensive safety resources contained online at the BSA Health & Safety site. These resources include BSA Safety Moments, the Guide to Safe Scouting, and Youth Protection Training.
Finally, the session focused on the importance of having a culture of safety within the BSA, where safety isn’t just a priority, but where it is a core value and paramount in every aspect of the organization. The commitment to that level of safety begins individually with everyone involved in Scouting.
For more information on the Safety Fireside Chat, watch it below: