Adult leaders should closely monitor these areas but only enter as needed for youth protection or health and safety reasons.
The buddy system should be used.
The use of smartphones, cameras, mirrors, drones, etc., in places or situations where privacy is expected is prohibited.
All aspects of the Scouting program are open to observation by parents and leaders.
The BSA does not recognize any secret organizations as part of its program.
Hazing and initiations are prohibited and have no part during any Scouting activity.
All forms of bullying and harassment including verbal, physical, and cyberbullying are prohibited.
Inappropriate public displays of affection are prohibited.
Sexual activity is prohibited.
Appropriate attire is required for all activities.
Adult leaders and youth members have a responsibility to recognize, respond to, and report Youth Protection violations and abuse.
Youth Protection Policy Violations
Serious Youth Protection policy violations or behaviors that put a youth’s safety at risk must be reported to the Scout executive.
Alternatively, policy violations may be reported to the Scouts First Helpline when the Scout executive is not available.
Online reporting is also available at Incident Reporting
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse
All persons participating in Scouting programs are mandated reporters of child abuse.
Reports must be made to local law enforcement and child protective services. State law may require additional reporting.
This reporting duty cannot be delegated to any other person.
Reporting to the Scout executive or Scouts First Helpline ensures that follow-up can occur for the safety of our youth. Scout executives and Scouts First coordinate follow-up actions.
Scouts First Helpline
As part of its “Scouts First” approach to the protection and safety of youth, the BSA has established a dedicated 24-hour helpline to receive reports of known or suspected abuse or behavior that might put a youth at risk.
When to use it:
Anytime you believe a youth has been harmed or their safety and wellbeing is at risk, and you cannot immediately reach your Scout executive or local council.
If a youth is bullied because of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability, and local help is unable to resolve the problem.
If someone is at immediate risk of harm, always call 911.