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Incident Reporting




An overlooked, but extremely important element of any Scout activity

when something goes wrong.


WHAT is an incident?

Any unplanned event that results in harm to an individual, property or the environment.

Why report?

It is important that we (BSA) sustain the safe operation of our programs and promote continuous improvement.

  • Information is valuable in preventing reoccurrences of similar incidents.
  • Facts are critical to allowing response in an appropriate manner, and to help properly manage potential claims (insurance and litigation).

WHEN is a report necessary?

A report must be made any time the incident requires the intervention of medical personnel, involves emergency responders, or results in a response beyond Scout rendered first aid.  It is also required if there is a vehicle accident, theft or damage to property.

WHO complete the report?

The event leader or designee should gather all the facts and complete the report.

HOW to report?

Complete, as thoroughly as possible, the BSA INCIDENT INFORMATION REPORT. 

  • Note:  If the incident involves a fatality, hospitalization for life-threatening or critical injury, allegation of sexual misconduct, or victimization of a Scout, damage in excess of $1 million, expected litigation or potential for national media attention, the Council Scout Executive must be notified immediately.

Click to download the fillable BSA INCIDENT INFORMATION REPORT fillable incident report.pdf

WHERE to report?

Return the completed form to the Council staff member responsible for entry into Risk Console.  It can either be delivered by hand to Ray Brauer at the Center for Scouting or emailed, as an attachment, to him at

This reporting procedure does not supersede reporting requirements for specific programs, reporting required by law, BSA Youth Protection reporting requirements, or BSA reporting requirements to OSHA.

Helpful links

Council Accident & Sickness Brochure

How to file a claim

Your HSR BSA team 


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