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In May, the Guide to Safe Scouting (GSS) was updated to add BSA's longstanding policy on firearms. Additionally, in the appendix, the maximum height for pioneering projects was INCREASED from 5 feet to 6 feet on the third page of the Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations.

If you have any questions, please review the GSS online at and if that doesn't address the question, please contact me.

Dave Nelsen
WSD H&S Chair

BSA Injury Reporting

In case you hadn't seen the advisory in the September-October 2011 issue of "Scouting", unit-level volunteers must report to their council any incident that requires treatment beyond Scout-rendered first aid.  If, say, a cut finger or a twisted ankle is treated on site, no report is required.  If a cut finger requires a visit to a doctor and stitches, the report must be submitted along with any relevant photographs, doctors' forms, etc..  The fillable field PDF form can be printed or it can be found at



WSD Weather Hazards Watch Procedures


All Western Shore District Scouters

Please find the attached Western Shore District Hazardous weather watch procedures that have been approved by our District Committee for use. Please review and use by all at WSD-sponsored outdoor event (i.e. Webelos-ree, camporees & day camps) organizers & event directors. If you have any questions please contact me.


David A. Nelsen
WSD Health & Safety Chair



NEW Annual Health and Medical Record


Please take a look at the NEW Annual Health and Medical Record, it is now in both English or Spanish along with a more in depth Part "C” at: 


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