This thread is intended to update previously posted resources.
Due to climate change wildfires have come earlier than previously planned for this year. In addition to smoke from wildfires, in some areas volcano smoke and dust storms may be outdoor breathing hazards that units and councils need to plan for.
For Scouting outdoor activities, evacuation plans may need to be reviewed. Check with local government authorities for community disaster alerting and evacuation plans. Check with your council for council camps’ information.
For more discussion and links to related resources see:
Handbooks for each program have useful tips for campfires. Here are a few highlights:
- Leaders should understand the local campfire regulations or requirements.
- Beware of current fire conditions, especially if it has been dry and windy. Check for any active burn ban.
Extract from “Campfire Safety.” BSA Safety Moment, Boy Scouts of America Inc., 2021, accessed 2022-05-08, https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/camp-fire-safety/ (Campfire safety introduction and rules. A factsheet (PDF) is also available at this webpage.).
- Do the following:
(a) Explain the cost of outdoor and wildland fires and how to prevent them.
Extract from the requirements and resources extract 0f the Fire Safety https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/merit_badge_reqandres/fire_safety.pdf, accessed May 8, 2022.
- “Wildfires.” Ready Kids Disaster Facts, United States Government, Updated March 1, 2022, 2022, accessed 2022-05-07, https://www.ready.gov/kids/disaster-facts/wildfires (Training information including disaster facts and other resources for kids, teens, families, educators and organizations.).
- “Wildfires.” Ready.gov, United States Government, 2022, accessed 2022-05-07, https://www.ready.gov/wildfires (“Wildfires are unplanned fires that burn in natural areas like forests, grasslands or prairies. These dangerous fires spread quickly and can devastate not only wildlife and natural areas, but also communities.” - includes: “Prepare for Wildfires. Stay Safe During. Returning Home After a Wildfire.” and internet links to additional resources.).
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 2018. “Patient Education Tools for Particle Pollution.” In Particle Pollution and Your Patients’ Health (training course). Washington, D.C.: United States Government, Webpage. https://www.epa.gov/pmcourse/patient-education-tools-particle-pollution.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 2011. “Effects of Common Air Pollutants - Medical Poster.” In Particle Pollution and Your Patients’ Health, (training course). Washington, D.C.: United States Government, PDF. https://www.airnow.gov/sites/default/files/2018-03/common-air-pollutants-2011-lo.pdf.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Forest Service. “AirNow Fire and Smoke Map.” [Webpage]. United States Government. Accessed 2022-05-08. https://fire.airnow.gov/.
- Esri. “USA Wildfires.” Map image of current large active wildfires in the United States. Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc., 2022. Space image webpage. https://storymaps.esri.com/stories/usa-wildfires/.
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 2021. “Fire and Smoke.” United States Government. Accessed 2022-05-08. https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/index.html.
Inclusion of non-BSA resources and links provided by government agencies does not indicate an endorsement by the Boy Scouts of America®,
Created May 8, 2022. v. 2022-05-12-Q