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Chainsaw Safety Training



BSA National Camp Standards for Cub Scout/Boy Scout Resident Camps 

"Any person who operates a chainsaw or fells a tree must be at least 18 years old and either (1) be a professionalforester, (2) be a certified arborist, or (3) have received training in these techniques from the Ranger Section of National Camping School or (4) have written documentation of having other training in these techniques that is recognized by the state or federal government (This will become mandatory in 2008)."


In light of the above change to the 2006 National B.S.A. standards it is now, by the policy of the Boy Scouts of America and the Chester County Council, mandatory for any person who operates a chainsaw on the Horseshoe Scout Reservation to have successfully completed the Chainsaw Safety Training Program (BSA# 20-136). The HSR program will incorporate safe chainsaw operation and tree felling procedures as outlined by the U.S. Forest Service and the BSA National Camp School Ranger section. Session class sizes are limited. Pre-registration is required.

Information Details

Available Dates: The first Saturday of March, April, October and December
Start Time: 9 o'clock AM
Location: HSR Training Facility 
(239 Jubilee Road, Peach Bottom)
Qualifications: • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Must be registered in the Boy Scouts of America
Program Cost: Free
Course Length: Approx 3 - 4 hours (depending on class size)
Contact Info: Camping Director Jake Segal
717-548-3352 x21
How to sign up: Click here
  Note: this course can accommodate a minimum of three participants and a maximum of twelve.

Required Equipment 
(To be supplied by the participant)

Clothing: Close fitting, comfortable work clothes
Shoes: Work boots only (steel toed preferred). Sneakers or "non leather" hiking boots will not be permitted
Gloves: Leather work gloves

Optional Items/Equipment

Optional: Notebook - pen - pencil
Participants who may have access to any the following items are also requested to bring:
  • Chainsaw chaps (UL rated)
• Hard hat
• Safety glasses
• Hearing protection
• Working chainsaw
HSR has a limited amount of chainsaw safety equipment which we will make available during the training session. If you do not have access to the above listed items they will be provided during the practical phase of the program.
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