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Westchester-Putnam  Council’s Commitment to Safety

We want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees is an important part of the Scouting experience. Youth develop traits of citizenship, character, fitness, and leadership during age-appropriate events when challenged to move beyond their normal comfort level, and discover their abilities. This is appropriate when risks are identified and mitigated.

The Scouting program, as contained in our handbooks and literature, integrates many safety features. However, no policy or procedure will replace the review and vigilance of trusted adults and leaders at the point of program execution.

Commit yourself to creating a safe and healthy environment by:

  • Knowing and executing the BSA program as contained in our publications
  • Planning tours, activities, and events with vigilance using the tools provided
  • Setting the example for safe behavior and equipment use during program
  • Engaging and educating all participants in discussions about hazards and risks
  • Reporting incidents in a timely manner

You can find information on health and safety topic on the Council's Scout SafelyExternal Link web page.  Information about the Council's Enterprise Risk Management Committee and additional resources may be found below.

Thank you for being part of the Scouting movement and creating an exciting and safe experience for every participant. 




Enterprise Risk Management Committee


The Enterprise Risk Management Committee will be an advocate for the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in council Scouting programs; a demonstrated leader promoting safety and healthy behaviors; and a resource advancing competent risk assessment and anticipation of hazards in council programs, activities, and services.


The purpose of the Enterprise Risk Management Committee is to develop, communicate and sustain an effective Council risk management system incorporating health, safety, youth protection, and risk management by

  • Developing and maintaining integrated risk management policies and procedures.
  • Systematically and proactively identifying, assessing and resolving health and safety issues and hazards associated with new, modified, or expanded program activities, and with newly recognized hazards/potential risks/loss exposures in existing programs.
  • Work with council training personnel to develop and implement a training plan that addresses health and safety issues and heightens leader and youth awareness of safety concerns and risk avoidance.
  • Reviewing known injury, illness, and accident data to establish root causes, identify trends, and update Council-wide prevention strategies.
  • Periodically evaluate and recommend changes in the Council's insurance coverage.
  • Developing and maintaining a Council enterprise risk management communications plan and providing regular communications to leaders at all levels relative to risk management.
  • Assist Council in the Implementation and periodic review of its disaster recovery, business interruption and crisis management plans.


The Enterprise Risk Management Committee is comprised of volunteers from across the Council with specialized skill sets in the various subject matter areas applicable to the Committee Vision and Mission. If you wish to participate in this Committee please contact the Committee Chair.




Risk Management Resources






Handouts and discussed documents:

Guide to Safe Scouting   BSA Program Hazard AnalysisExternal Link   Program Hazard Analysis Worksheet (fillable)  

Program Hazard Analysis Narrative   Event Checklist   Climb on Safely  Climb on Safely Training   BelayOn WB 


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