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  1. TrekSafely George Crowl

  2. The Problem • Accidents • Close calls (indications of a potential accident)

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Qualified supervision Keep fit Plan ahead Gear up Communicate clearly and completely Monitor conditions Discipline Overview

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 3. Plan Ahead • Trek should match • Maturity • Skill Level • Fitness • Obtain required permits (public / private) • Leave No Trace training

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 6. Monitor Conditions • Leaders make good decisions • Check weather, terrain, morale, food, water and physical condition • If adverse conditions develop, stop or turn back

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Qualified supervision Keep fit Plan ahead Gear up Communicate clearly and completely Monitor conditions Discipline Summary

  16. Questions?