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Insurance Information for Volunteers


Dear Unit Leaders and Committee Chairs:

Annually you will be receiving an invitation for your unit to become a part of the optional Council Accident and Sickness Insuranceprogram. We wanted to share our council program of insurance coverages with you so that you can make an informed decision.

Here are two samples of insurance provided:

  • Comprehensive General Liability This coverage provides primary general liability coverage for registered volunteer Scouters with respect to claims arising out of an official Scouting activity with the exception that the coverage is excess over any insurance that may be available to the volunteer for loss arising from the ownership, maintenance, or use of a motor vehicle or watercraft. This insurance is available only while the vehicle or watercraft is in the actual use of a Scouting unit and being used for a Scouting purpose. Coverage is more than $5 million for bodily injury and property damage.

    The insurance provided to unregistered Scouting volunteers through the general liability insurance program is excess over any other insurance the volunteer might have to his or her benefit, usually a homeowners, personal liability, or auto liability policy.

    The general liability policy does not provide indemnification or defense coverage to those individuals who commit intentional and/or criminal acts. The Boy Scouts of America does not have an insurance policy which provides defense for situations involving allegations of intentional and/or criminal acts.
  • Accident and Sickness  This coverage for Scouts and Scouters furnishes medical reimbursement in case of death, accident, or sickness sustained while participating in, going to and from official Scouting activities (covers meetings, trips, camps, etc.)

    Medical benefits are in excess of any other valid and collectible personal or group insurance plan covering the same accident. The company pays for the covered medical treatment when the injury requires medical treatment for the covered accident up to the maximum amount:

    Accident Medical $15,000
    Sickness (council camping $7,500
    Dental Treatment $7,500
    Accidental Death $10,000
    Accidental Dismemberment $20,000

Our Council has arranged to provide this coverage for your unit if it wishes to participate. The cost is only $5.00 per year per member, based on the number of registered youth and adults at the time of the last recharter. A billing is sent to units each fall, and the coverage period is from December 1 to November 30 of the following year. Your unit may also opt to obtain coverage from another source. However, proof of coverage is required to obtain Tour Plans.

If you have any questions, please contact our insurance specialist at the Redlands office, Veronica Whitman, ext. 116 or email her at veronica.whitman@scouting.org.

Thank you for your interest in providing a safe and healthy Scouting experience for your members.


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