What is Two-Deep Leadership?
Two-deep leadership requires two registered adult leaders, or one registered leader and a parent of a participating Scout or other adult, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older are with scouts at all times. No single adult should be alone with a child, unless he or she is the parent of that child.
Why is Two-Deep Leadership Important?
Two-Deep leadership ensures our children, parents, and leaders prevent siutations where wrongdoing can occur. All meetings, discussions, and activities are structured to prevent one-on-one contact between adults and scouts. One-on-one contact between adults and scouts is prohibited.
When is Two-Deep Leadership Required?
Two-Deep leadership is required for all events, trips, and outings. Appropriate adult leadership must be present for all overnight Scouting activities; coed overnight activities— even those including parent and child—require male and female adult leaders, both of whom must be 21 years of age or older, and one of whom must be a registered member of the BSA.
When is Two-Deep Leadership Not Required?
There are a few instances, such as patrol activities, when the presence of adult leaders is not required and adult leadership may be limited to training and guidance of the patrol leadership with the scouts using the "buddy system". With the proper training, guidance, and approval by the troop leaders, the patrol can conduct day hikes and service projects with minimal supervision.
See "Mandatory Training" for details on Youth Protection and Training