Keeping our Youth and Volunteers Safe

Scouting has guidelines for the appropropriateness of various activities at all levels of program and has a multi-layered approach to safety and youth protection. These are some of the key items you should expect as a parent.

The National Guide to Safe Scouting. Scout leaders are responsible for the physical and mental well-being of everyone under their supervision. The Guide to Safe Scouting is on online document that helps parents and leaders understand age-appropriate guidelines for Scouting activities. It has current policies and procedures every registered adult Scouting should be aware of, including restricted activities. 

Youth Protection in Scouting. In order to be trained, each registered adult leader must take youth protection training. We also encourage annual youth level protection training for new members. Parents can take the online youth protection training module too. Learn more at

Scouting has adopted the following policies for the safety and well-being of its members.

  • Two-deep adult leadership on all outings required.
  • One-on-one contact between adults and Scouts prohibited (even outside of Scouting activities).
  • Separate accommodations for adults and Scouts required.
  • Privacy of youth respected.
  • Inappropriate use of camera, imaging, or digital devices prohibited.
  • No secret organizations.
  • No hazing.
  • No bullying.
  • Youth leadership monitored by adult leaders.
  • Discipline must be constructive.
  • Appropriate attire for all activities.
  • Members are responsible for acting in accordance with the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Scouting units (pack, troop, crew, ship) are responsible for enforcing Youth Protection polices.

Steps to Report Child Abuse

  1. Ensure the child is in a safe environment
  2. In cases of child abuse or medical emergencies, call 911 or law enforcement immediately.
  3. Notify the Scout Executive or his/her designee at 612-261-2300. Emergency contacts are Scout Executive, John Andrews cell 651-485-1711. Deputy Scout Executive/Field, Colleen Brazier cell 612-261-2327. Deputy Scout Executive/Support, John Overland cell 651-260-8556.  Northern Star Youth Protection Tipline 1-888-213-0364

Tour and Activity Plans.  Every Scout leader should consider some basic planning tips when it comes to preparing for a Scout outing or trip.  A great resource for health and safety is this page of the National BSA website: which includes comprehensive information to help you "Be Prepared" for a trip. Consulting the Guide to Safe Scouting and following the Sweet 16 of BSA Safety as a start will help plan for a safe trip or outing. You can also review Northern Star Scouting's Scout Unit Trip Planning Tips by going the "guidelines-for-doing-stuff-safely" website listed below.

Northern Star Scouting has a Guidelines for Doing Stuff Safely page of our website with links to local and national Scouting resources

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