Unauthorized Activities

The following activities have been declared as unauthorized and restricted by the Boy Scouts of America:

*All-terrain vehicles (ATV's) are banned from program use.  ATV's are defined as motorized recreation cycles with three or four large, soft tires, designed for off-road use on a variety of terrain.

*Boxing, karate, and related martial arts - except Judo, Aikido, and Tai Chi - are not authorized activities.

*Chainsaws and mechanical log splitters may be authorized for use only by trained individuals who are over the age of 18, using proper gear in accordance with local laws.

*Exploration of abandoned mines is an unauthorized activity.

*Varsity football teams and interscholastic or club football competition and activities are unauthorized activities.

*Fireworks secured, used, or displayed in conjunction with programs and activities is unauthorized except where the fireworks display is conducted under the auspices of a certified or licensed fireworks control expert.

*The selling of fireworks as a fund-raising or money-earning activity by any group acting for or on behalf of members, units, or districts may not be authorized by councils.

*Flying in hang gliders, ultralights, experimental class aircraft, or hot-air balloons (whether or not they are tethered); parachuting; and flying in aircraft as part of a search and rescue mission are unauthorized activities.

*Motorized go-carts and motorbike activities are unauthorized for Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs. All motorized speed events, including motorcycles, boats, drag racing, demolition derbies, and related events, are not authorized activities for any program level.

*Participation in amateur or professional rodeo events and Council or District sponsorship of rodeos are not authorized.

*Pointing any type of firearm (including paintball, dye, or lasers) at any individual is unauthorized. However, law enforcement departments and agencies using firearms in standard officer/agent training may use their training agenda when accompanied with appropriate safety equipment in the Law Enforcement Venturing program.

*Hunting is not an authorized Cub Scout or Boy Scout activity, although hunting safety is part of program curriculum. (The purpose of this policy is to restrict chartered Packs, Troops, and Teams from conducting hunting trips. However, this policy does not restrict Venturing Crews from conducting hunting trips or special adult hunting expeditions provided that adequate safety procedures are followed and that all participants have obtained necessary permits and/or licenses from either state or federal  agencies. While hunter safety education might not be required prior to obtaining a hunting license, successful completion of the respective state  voluntary program is required before participating in the activity.)

*Motorized personal watercrafts, such as jet-skis, are not authorized for use in Scouting Aquatics, and their use should not be permitted in or near BSA program areas.

*Except for (1) law enforcement officers required to carry firearms within their jurisdiction and (2) circumstances within the scope of the BSA hunting policy statement, firearms should not be in the possession of any person engaged in camping, hiking, backpacking, or any other Scouting activity other than those specifically planned for target shooting under the  supervision of a certified firearms instructor. (Among the purposes of this  policy is to prohibit adult leaders from bringing firearms on BSA camping and  hiking activities or to unit meetings).

*Parasailing, or any activity in which a person is carried aloft by a parachute, parasail, kite, or other device towed by a motorboat or by any other means, is unauthorized.

*All activities related to bungee cord jumping (sometimes called shock cord jumping) are unauthorized.

To find more information on unauthorized and restricted activities,
click here view the Guide to Safe Scouting.