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Trek Safely George Crowl The Problem Accidents Close calls (indications of a potential accident) The Response Scouting is responsible for the safety of all trek participants. Trek Safely is designed to promote safety and help prevent accidents.

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TrekSafely

George Crowl


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The Problem

  • Accidents

  • Close calls (indications of a potential accident)


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The Response

  • Scouting is responsible for the safety of all trek participants.

  • Trek Safely is designed to promote safety and help prevent accidents.

  • Accidents occur when Trek Safely procedures are not followed.


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The Policy

  • Youth and adult leaders:

    • Should appreciate potential hazards that may be encountered

    • Take steps to reduce risks

    • Adherence to seven pointsof Trek Safely will avoid most significant risks


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Qualified supervision

Keep fit

Plan ahead

Gear up

Communicate clearly and completely

Monitor conditions

Discipline

Overview


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1. Qualified Supervision

  • Mature and conscientious adult, 21 or over

  • Accepts responsibility for safety of group

  • Two adults minimum (one 21)

  • One person first aid trained

    • ARC Wilderness First Aid / CPR


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2. Keep Fit

  • Class 2 or 3 medical record if over 72 hours

  • Accidents are often related to individual health conditions

  • Review the medical records

  • Adjust the trek and activities to reduce individual risk

  • Have a regular fitness regimen. Start slowly and increase the exercise


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3. Plan Ahead

  • Trek should match

    • Maturity

    • Skill Level

    • Fitness

  • Obtain required permits (public / private)

  • Leave No Trace training


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4. Gear Up

  • Check for proper equipment and clothing

  • Every crew has first-aid kit and water

  • Reminder to bring and take medications

  • Train in specialized equipment


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5. CommunicateClearly and Completely

  • Know what to expect and what is expected

  • Talk to each other

  • Itinerary

    • Shared with parents

    • Changes given to contact person

    • Changes passed on

  • Consider carrying cell phone or radio


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6. Monitor Conditions

  • Leaders make good decisions

  • Check weather, terrain, morale, food, water and physical condition

  • If adverse conditions develop, stop or turn back


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7. Discipline

  • Participants — know, understand, respect rules and procedures

    • Teach before the outing

    • Review immediately prior to the activity

    • Teach the reason why

  • Follow instructor’s directions

  • Be strict and fair


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Resources

  • Passport to High Adventure (#4310 / 18-075)

  • Fieldbook, #33200

  • MBPs—Backpacking, Camping, Canoeing, Cycling, Hiking, Horsemanship, Small-Boat Sailing, Swimming, Whitewater

  • Personal Health and Medical Record Forms—Class 1 / 2, #34414; Class 3, #34412


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Planning Exercise

  • Five-day backpacking, Rockies, July

  • 1000 miles travel, adequate funds

  • Crew has four young men, three young women, two men, one woman

  • Develop a plan. Use all seven elements. Include all BSA requirements.


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Qualified supervision

Keep fit

Plan ahead

Gear up

Communicate clearly and completely

Monitor conditions

Discipline

Summary



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