General Requirements for All High Adventure Activities
"The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety" (BSA #19-130)
Trek Safely (2-sheet oversize flyer, BSA #20-125)
Safe Swim Defense (BSA #34370A)
Safety Afloat (BSA #34159C)
Kayaking Safety (6-page booklet, BSA #19-510)
Scuba Safety (16-page booklet, BSA #19-515)
Snorkeling Safety (6-page booklet, BSA #19-176)
Cave Safety (see BSA #19-102A)
Climb on Safely (BSA #20-099B)
Winter Camping Safety
BSA Wilderness Use Policy
All privately or publicly owned backcountry land and designated wildernesses are included in the term "wilderness areas" in this policy. The Outdoor Code of the Boy Scouts of America and the principles of Leave No Trace apply to outdoor behavior generally, but for treks into wilderness areas, minimum-impact camping methods must be used. Within the outdoor program of the Boy Scouts of America, there are many different camping-skill levels. Camping practices that are appropriate for day outings, long-term Scout camp, or short-term unit camping might not apply to wilderness areas. Wherever they go, Scouts need to adopt attitudes and patterns of behavior that respect the rights of others, including future generations, to enjoy the outdoors.
In wilderness areas, it is crucial to minimize human impact, particularly on fragile ecosystems such as mountains, lakes and streams, deserts, and seashores. Because our impact varies from one season of the year to the next, it becomes important for us to adjust to these changing conditions to avoid damaging the environment.
The Boy Scouts of America emphasizes these practices for all troops, teams, and crews planning to use wilderness areas:
As an American, I will do my best to-
Be clean in my outdoor manners. I will treat the outdoors as a heritage. I will take care of it for myself and others. I will keep my trash and garbage out of lakes, streams, fields, woods, and roadways.
Be careful with fire. I will prevent wildfire. I will build my fires only when and where they are appropriate. When I have finished using a fire, I will make sure it is cold out. I will leave a clean fire ring, or remove all evidence of my fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors. I will treat public and private property with respect. I will follow the principles of Leave No Trace for all outdoor activities.
Be conservation-minded. I will learn about and practice good conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands, wildlife, and energy. I will urge others to do the same.