Incident Reporting

Incident Reporting

An often overlooked, but extremely important element of any Scout activity when something goes wrong.

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 completes 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 (form 680-10 2011 (or later)).  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 here to download the fillable form.


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 Michael Wilson at the Council Center 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.


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