Policies & Guidelines

Traditional Scouting for Everyone

The following information is provided as guidance for the OSG as a national association and for use by scout groups at the local level. OSG will maintain these documents and ensure that the most recent revision is available for viewing/download on this page. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding OSG policies or guidelines, please contact us.  

General Policies

Health and Safety Policies

We strive to build a program that is designed in consideration of the safety and protection of all participants. All registered members must agree to read and abide by our Code of Ethics & Youth Protection Guidelines (see above link). These guidelines were adopted and modified from the BPSA BC (Canadian) set of guidelines for use in the U.S. These guidelines SHOULD be distributed to members each year upon registration or renewal; and they will be part of any instructional course for new leaders run by OSG HQ moving forward.

Liability Waiver and Medical Release

Part of the registration process filling out the BPSA Liability Waiver and Medical Release form. Since BPSA does not currently offer group liability coverage to local units, we are currently using a liability waiver for any members that join a group and plan on attending any events, camp outs, activities, or other events. In the future, BPSA plans to offer liability coverage to local scout groups, and will make that information available here.

The Medical Release portion of the form simply gives the leaders in the group important information regarding the health or medical needs of your youth upon joining. This might include medications they need to take, special conditions such as diabetes, or other health history that we should be aware of before having them take part in scouting activities which can be on the physically engaging side. It also gives registered adult leaders in the Scout Group permission to treat your child should they become injured or suffer a medical condition. Please read this form thoroughly prior to signing during registration.

Supplemental Registration Forms

Note: These links will direct you away from bpsa-us.org to autismempowerment.org. BPSA-US is not affiliated with Autism Empowerment, nor are we compensated for these links. We do not track this traffic. 

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We welcome everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion (or no-religion) or other differentiating factors. Our mission is to provide a positive learning environment within the context of democratic participation and social justice. We foster the development of scouts in an environment of mutual respect and cooperation.