Take a Moment for Safety

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In a recent blog post, I introduced the idea of Mental Health First Aid. What I neglected to mention–because I didn’t know it at the time–is that the BSA has developed a Safety Moment on this very topic.

What’s a Safety Moment, you ask? It’s an opportunity to review safety measures that relate to the current activity or to debrief after something goes awry. On the BSA’s Scouting Safely page, you can find links to 30 or so documents that give you the necessary background for conducting your own Safety Moments. Whether you’re planning to shoot bottle rockets, hold a family campout, or hang a hammock from a tree, you’ll find useful information in this collection, as well as links to sources of additional background.

For more on the concept of Safety Moments, check out this video from BSA safety guru Richard Bourlon or read this document.

In discussing the Scout motto, Robert Baden-Powell once said a Scout should be prepared for “any old thing.” The same applies to us as Scouters, and Safety Moments can help.


Need more great troop program ideas? Check out the new edition of The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook, which is now available in both print and e-book formats at https://www.eaglebook.com/products.htm#scoutmasters.

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