Safety Moments are opportunities to reinforce that the safety of Scouts and Scouters in the Boy Scouts of America is the top priority. A Safety Moment focuses the unit, volunteers, or staff on safety and how to achieve it.
Who can deliver a Safety Moment?
Everyone can deliver Safety Moments in Scouting. Any adult leader, Scout, or employee can step up with little preparation to make a SAFE difference to everyone participating.
What makes an excellent Safety Moment topic?
Any topic that focuses on improving the safety of Scouting. The BSA regularly publishes Safety Moments on a variety of topics. Other topics could include the use of the SAFE Checklist or the Guide to Safe Scouting. They could be general safety topics on locating a fire extinguisher or knowing evacuation routes. Pick a topic that is relevant to all participants. If you have accurate information on injuries or incidents during a recent outing, share your experience.
When and where should a Safety Moment be delivered?
Safety Moments are best used at the beginning of meetings or before a Scouting activity. They are essential in activities with a high-risk profile, like ATV programs or shooting sports.
How should the Safety Moment be delivered?
Safety Moments are on a clear and concise single topic, optimally no more than 2 minutes. All Safety Moments need to be fact-based and age-appropriate for the audience. If you have time, provide a demonstration of safe practices
Use these links to help create Safety Moments for your unit –
Guide to Safe Scouting: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/
Using a Safety Moment in Scouting Activities: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-055(21)-Using-A-Safety-Moment.pdf
Safety Moments: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/
Age Appropriate Guidelines: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-685.pdf
Age Guidelines for Camping: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss03/#a
Activity Planning & Risk Assessment: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss07/
Safe Swim Defense & Safety Afloat information: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss02/
National Shooting Sports Manual: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Outdoor%20Program/pdf/30931_WB.pd
SAFE Checklist: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safe/