Incident Reporting

Updated October 17, 2023

An incident has occurred

Take care of the injured/find a safe place.

2. Preserve and document the evidence/take photos if appropriate.

3. Complete an incident report and notify your local council.

Timely, clear, concise, and complete incident reports allow for an appropriate response and an opportunity for analysis while promoting continuous improvement of our programs. You can report incidents, near misses, and youth protection / membership infraction incidents to your local council or enter them yourself.

How Do I know if I need To report?

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So, how do I report an incident?

• Gather the facts using the tools below.

Incident Information Reporting Tool

Use this tool to report all injuries, illnesses, and incidents during Scouting activities or on council-owned properties that require the intervention of a medical provider beyond basic Scout-rendered first aid.

Youth Protection/Membership Infraction Information Reporting Tool

Use this tool to report all allegations of abuse, violations of BSA guidelines or policies, inappropriate behavior by a Scout/Scout leader/parent/other.

Near Miss Incident Information Reporting Tool

Use this tool to report near misses in programs such as COPE and climbing activities. A near miss is an incident that did not result in injury, illness, or damage by definition but that had the potential to have done so.  Near misses with clear  lessons learned can bring to light opportunitiYouth Protection or Membership Infraction Reporting Form es to improve safety performance or program practices. 


Great Trail, 4500 Hudson Dr,, Stow, OH 44224

Phone No. : 330-773-0415

Council Locator


Incident Reporting Video

If you are entering a Youth Protection/Membership Infraction report, follow the same steps as in the incident reporting video above and select “Membership Infraction” after you leave the welcome screen.

Near Miss Video

US Coast Guard Required Reporting:

Federal law requires the operator or owner of a recreational vessel to file a boating accident report with the State reporting authority if the recreational vessel is involved in an accident that results in any of the following:



This requirement is the same regardless of vessel makeup: sail, canoe, paddleboard, kayak, and powerboat.


For information on how to file this federally required accident report, click here


This accident report must be filed in addition to the required BSA incident report forms.


This FAQ has been developed to assist you with the gathering and entering of incidents into the online Incident Reporting system.

What is the purpose of the Incident Entry system located on MyBSA?

Answer: Timely and complete incident reporting provides BSA with an opportunity for analysis of incidents that occur and promotes continuous improvement of our programs. The sooner a clear, concise, and complete incident report is made, the sooner an appropriate response to the incident can occur. You can now report accidents, near misses and youth protection incidents along with National Service Center employee accidents. 

Should the Incident/Near Miss and Youth Protection tools still be used?

Answer: Yes. These forms were recently revised and serve as a tool for gathering and collecting the information to assist with incident entry. 

How do I get access to the Incident Reporting System as a local council staff?

Answer: As with the legacy system the system administrator for the council will have to enable a Riskonnect user. Go to MyBSA>Administration>User Access>Access Within Pages>Resources. Then scroll down to Incident Reporting. This will allow you to provide access to no more than four users from your council. 

How many users can a council system administrator add for incident entry?

Answer: Based upon cost, we have purchased enough licenses that allows for allocation between local councils and BSA locations such as Supply, Scouts shops and High Adventure Bases. We have added 2 additional licenses for your system administers to assign, making a total 4 users per council. You should not activate a license(s) unless you are committed to the incident entry process. 

Which web browser is recommended for Incident Reporting?

Answer: It is recommended that Chrome be used as this will provide you with the best functionality. Internet Explorer can be used but you may or may not experience some technical issues depending on which version of IE you are using.