Incident Reporting


Guide to Safe ScoutingGuide to Safe Scouting
This resource defines an incident, tells why it’s important to report the incident, and includes writing tips for your descriptive report.

Incident descriptions and definitions, reporting instructionsIncident Descriptions and Definitions, Reporting Instructions
From a near miss to a catastrophic incident, this handout will help you define what happened and understand all reporting requirements.

Incident Information Report
This form is used to report all injuries, illnesses, and incidents during Scouting activities or on council-owned properties that require the intervention of a medical provider beyond basic Scout-rendered first aid.

Near Miss Incident Information Report
Use this form to report near misses in programs such as COPE and climbing activities. A near miss does not result in injury, illness, or damage by definition, but it had the potential to do so.

Youth Protection/Membership

Incident Information Form/Supplement

Allegations of abuse, violations of BSA policies or guidelines, or inappropriate behavior by a Scout, Scout leader, parent, or other person should be reported on this form. The information on this form is confidential, and the completed form should be forwarded to the council Scout executive as soon as practical.

Youth Protection Position Statement

This document includes the BSA’s youth protection policies and procedures, available online resources, and instructions for reporting youth protection/membership incidents.

Incident Reviews

One of the benefits of reporting incidents is so they can be used to help prevent similar occurrences. While rare, serious and even fatal incidents have impacted the Scouting family. Each incident described in this incident review series has actually occurred. Please help us prevent future occurrences by having a discussion about these incidents and how you can execute the Scouting program safely as designed.

Please download and review these sheets prior to using each incident review. Begin by clicking on the How-To sheet on the right, which will instruct you on how to use these resources.

Allergies and anaphylaxis
All-Terrain Vehicle
Boating—river paddling
Bunk Beds
Burns from starting fires
Burns to youth
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Cardiac events
Dog Bites
Fatal falls
Foodborne Illnesses
Gaga Ball
Heat and hydration
Log Splitters
Motor vehicle accidents
Scuba Diving and Open-Water Snorkeling
Small Wild Creatures & Bites
Tick Bites
Zip Lining

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