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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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trek safely

TrekSafely

George Crowl

the problem
The Problem
  • Accidents
  • Close calls (indications of a potential accident)
the response
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.
the policy
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
overview
Qualified supervision

Keep fit

Plan ahead

Gear up

Communicate clearly and completely

Monitor conditions

Discipline

Overview
1 qualified supervision
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
2 keep fit
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
3 plan ahead
3. Plan Ahead
  • Trek should match
    • Maturity
    • Skill Level
    • Fitness
  • Obtain required permits (public / private)
  • Leave No Trace training
4 gear up
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
5 communicate clearly and completely
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
6 monitor conditions
6. Monitor Conditions
  • Leaders make good decisions
  • Check weather, terrain, morale, food, water and physical condition
  • If adverse conditions develop, stop or turn back
7 discipline
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
resources
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
planning exercise
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.
summary
Qualified supervision

Keep fit

Plan ahead

Gear up

Communicate clearly and completely

Monitor conditions

Discipline

Summary
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