TrekSafely 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. • Accidents occur when Trek Safely procedures are not followed.
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
Qualified supervision Keep fit Plan ahead Gear up Communicate clearly and completely Monitor conditions Discipline Overview
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 • 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 • Trek should match • Maturity • Skill Level • Fitness • Obtain required permits (public / private) • Leave No Trace training
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. 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 • Leaders make good decisions • Check weather, terrain, morale, food, water and physical condition • If adverse conditions develop, stop or turn back
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 • 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 • 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.
Qualified supervision Keep fit Plan ahead Gear up Communicate clearly and completely Monitor conditions Discipline Summary