Health & Safety Training

The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Heart of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them.

Objectives - Objectives of the Health & Safety programs are to educate the adult leadership in the available programs through training courses online as well as in a classroom setting. Information is also available on this website as well as in publications, such as the Guide to Safe Scouting.

Climb on Safely - Climb On Safely covers eight key safety points about climbing and rappelling and is recommended for adult leaders organizing any type of climbing outing.

Safe Swim Defense

  • Safe Swim Defense is the recommended procedure for conducting group swims at the beach, private or public pool, wilderness pond, stream, or wherever the water looks inviting enough to take a dip.
  • This training is offered during the summer at both the H. Roe Bartle and Theodore Naish Scout Reservations, as well as at your district, or online. If you take the online course, be sure to print the completion card when finished and be sure to show it to your district registrar for accurate recording into your training record. Should you have any questions about this process or you do not know who to show the card to, please contact your District Training Chair.
  • The Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat Handout describes in detail the principles behind Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.

Safety Afloat

  • Understand and appreciate the most important and essential elements of aquatics safety - supervision and discipline.
  • Explain the distinct contribution of each of the nine points of the Safety Afloat program and how each helps assure safe unit activity afloat.
  • Learn how to organize and conduct a safe unit activity afloat observing the nine points of the Safety Afloat program.
  • The Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat Handout describes in detail the principles behind Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.
  • This training is offered during the summer at both the H. Roe Bartle and Theodore Naish Scout Reservations, as well as at your district or online. If you take the online course, be sure to print the completion card when finished and be sure to show it to your district registrar for accurate recording into your training record. Should you have any questions about this process or you do not know who to show the card to, please contact your District Training Chair.

Leave No Trace

  • Identify personal nature awareness and stewardship goals.
  • Learn simple, but effective, skills related to minimum impact outdoor activities.
  • Develop an action plan for implementing Leave No Trace principles on future outdoor activities.

For more information or questions, please contact Britt Davis at 816-569-4924.

Youth Protection

Hazardous Weather

  • Hazardous Weather training must be completed prior to requesting a tour plan from the BSA.
  • Midland Radio is offering a special to BSA members on purchases of all styles of Weather Radios. They will give members 45% off their purchase of weather radios, by using the code "BSAWX". This code is only available to BSA members; to place an order or view their product line, visit www.midlandradio.com.

Bullying Prevention and Intervention

Scouting Safely

Myscouting.org

These courses and many others can be taken online at www.myscouting.org.

  • Create an account - this can be done with or without your BSA membership ID.
  • If you enter your membership ID, your training records will be updated at the Council Office.
  • If you are not yet registered, you can still take training, just print the certificate at the end of each course.
  • After your account is created you will receive an email with a link. Click the link to activate your myscouting account. This must be done before you can log in. If you do not receive an email, check your spam/junk folder.
  • Once you log in to myscouting, click E-Learning on the left hand side. Trainings are listed under tabs (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, and General).
  • Submit your certificate of completion to your District Training Chair.