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SAFETY ALERT 4 Tips to Use Right Now


As your pack, troop, team, or crew heads into the busy holiday season, this list makes it easy to keep up with safety news as it pertains to your role in Scouting.


1The bilingual version of the annual health and medical record was released earlier this fall, so be sure to remove your outdated version and use the bilingual format for all updates. The use of the bilingual forms will become mandatory on Jan. 1, 2014.


2The BSA has changed the Tour and Activity Plan. Richard Bourlon, health and safety team leader, explains: “In the past, the process involved interaction with a local council. Now there’s a key differ-


COUNTDOWN TO 2013 Gear Up, Sign Up


Each month brings us closer to the mega-exciting 2013 National Scout Jamboree, the first to be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Larry Pritchard, national jamboree director, suggests that with the holidays at hand, families might consider gift ideas for Jambo-goers. These might include a new sleeping bag (40 degree should be fine) with its own compression bag. And don’t forget rain gear, because the Summit area gets a good deal of the wet stuff. “Scoutstuff.org has a great new rain jacket and pants,” Pritchard says. “Great price and great quality.” He also mentions “high-tech” T-shirts made from fabrics that are easy to wash and don’t hold smells. In December, registered attendees will get an info blast alerting them to sign up for their curriculum choices. Pritchard says everyone will get some of their top picks, but those who sign up late may not get the times and days they want. Also, remember that whitewater rafting has limited space and carries a charge of $50. Learn more at summit.scouting.org.


ence: When you submit your plan, you’re certifying that the plan will be executed according to our standards. If anything is flagged, you certify that you will fix it before you go.” Mark Dama, risk manage- ment and insurance team leader, adds, “It’s now a process of self-certification and self-responsibility.”


3 Winter reminder: Helmets are required in downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. For sledding, helmets are recommended but not required. “We realize that sliding activities may be somewhat impromptu, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a plan for safe areas and proper equipment,” Bourlon says. “We continue to see people running into objects they didn’t know about, and people running into each other.”


4 Cold-weather driving: Make sure you’re ready for winter emergencies with


items such as a shovel, snow- melt salt, sand, and blankets. Watch for changing road conditions that can happen almost instantly. Dama notes that tire chains are recommended in certain areas and conditions, so know your local motor vehicle laws.


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