BSA Youth Protection Mission Statement
True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.
Certificate of Liability Insurance Request
Please email us a request at least one week in advance of your activity to allow for processing.
Information needed for request:
- Unit type and number
- Date and time of activity
- Name of activity
- Name of Certificate Holder – Location (park, school, campground)
- Physical address of location of event
- 1-2 leader names with phone numbers
If you need additional assistance, please contact the council at email@example.com or 775-787-1111.
Nevada’s Risk Management Committee
The Risk Management Committee of the Nevada Area Council is appointed by the Board of Directors to assist the Board in its oversight of the Council’s risk management strategies, policies, and practices that identify, assess, monitor, and manage the Council’s risks.
The current committee members are:
- Terry Abts, Chairman
- Doug Ramsay, Council Professional
- Paul Penttila, Secretary
- Dr. Rich King, Marshall Smith, Henry Hicks, and Lorena Valencia
Scouts First Hotline (844-726-8871)
As part of the BSA’s “Scouts First” approach to the protection and safety of youth, the BSA has established a dedicated 24-hour helpline at 844-SCOUTS FIRST to receive reports of any known or suspected abuse or significant violations of youth protection policies that might put a youth at risk.
- The call is answered by a live person – day or night by a direct National employee from the National Incident Reporting office. All information is kept confidential by National who then will inform the local council Scout Executive.
- This is the first stage of converting the online Risk Counsel Incident reporting to the new Risk Connect due for roll-out in October. Risk Connect will allow individuals and councils to complete incident reporting directly for all incidents, near-misses, etc.
- Reporting Abuse or Youth Protection Violations: accurate information is critical to an appropriate response; however, a lack of specific information is not a reason to delay a report of known or suspected abuse or significant youth protection policy violations. At a minimum, every effort should be made to have the following information available when reporting to the Scouts First Helpline:
- The name, age, council, and unit of the alleged victim(s)
- The name and phone number of the victim’s parent(s)
- The name, age, council, and unit of any other known or suspected victim(s) and their parent’s contact information
- The name, position, council, and unit of the alleged perpetrator(s)
- The name and phone number of the law enforcement or protective service agency to which the incident was reported
- The name, unit, and council of any known witnesses
- The name and phone number of the reporter
- Details of the incident: who, what, where, and when
- The reporter may also be asked to submit the information on a Youth Protection/Membership Incident Information Form (paper or online).