The BSA requires Leaders and Volunteers to take Youth Protection Training.
Sometimes, trying to manage a group of boys is like "hearding cats". Parents are encouraged to step in and correct behavior of the boys, as well as bring issues up to the leadership immediately.
In addition, BSA has numerous safety requirements focused on a developmental scale built into each age group. To summarize a few rules:
- Sleeping overnight has a set of rules
- Only Bears and Webelos may earn the Whittling Chip..the ability to use a pocket knife
- Archery must be done at an official BSA Camp with certified instructors
- Swimming must be supervised by a leader who is certified in Safe Swimming Defense and CPR qualified person on hand
- Boating must be supervised by a leader who has taken the BSA safe boating/afloat training