During the spring and summer boating seasons, many factors can turn a simple boat or canoe trip into a high risk event!
The book "Risk Management in Scouting - Essentials for Leaders" is written for Scout volunteers who want to better understand the principles of risk management in connection with the planning and conduct of outdoor activities for Scouts.
The knowledge of outdoor risk management principles is essential for a Scout volunteer. In this book, James Hellwege, a 21 year Scouting volunteer, sets forth industry-recognized outdoor recreation risk management principles that will both help and encourage Scout volunteers to put forthRead more
“Risk Management in Scouting – Essentials for Leaders”, new in 2015, is written by a Scout volunteer specifically for Scout volunteers to help them better understand their role in monitoring the health and safety of Scouts under their care while exercising risk
James Hellwege has served as the risk management chair of the Colonial District of the National Capital Area Council (Washington, D.C. area), has been a presenter of risk management principles to hundreds of adult volunteers at district-based BALOO, Boy Scout Leader Specific
As evidenced by the blog posts, situations can and do happen during outdoor activities that include significant risk and possible harm to participants. The outcome of these situations , more often than not, hinge on the Scout leader’s ability to both
Some reflections on risk management in the outdoors for adult leaders (see my “reflections” page for additional postings!)
- What factors cause risk to be perceived differently . . .
- Action steps to take during an outdoor activity
- “Safety countermeasures” – are you using them?
- BSA’s risk management challenges . . . there are many!
- Do you know the “the weakest link” in your group?
- Altitude sickness – nothing to ignore!
- Don’t ignore the “yellow warning signs” – they are a gift!
- BSA’s Revised 2017 Wilderness First Aid Curriculum
- Who can “assume the risk” of an activity?
- BSA “Tour Plans” terminated – now what?
- Can we rely too much on GPS for directions? Possibly.
- Search and Rescue in the National Parks . . . what were the causes?
- Perceived risk . . . are we open to listening?
- Preparation vs. the “go-no go” decision
- Will adults survive the BSA swim test at camp? Sometimes not.
- Preventative search and rescue (PSAR) . . . a proactive approach to a safe activity
- First aid kits – general or specific supervision?
- Who has supervisory authority over a high adventure crew?
- Portage, or rapids, at Northern Tier?
- History repeats . . . the dangers of open (cold) water boating
Ready to learn how to meet your legal duty of care towards your Scouts?
The book is particularly intended to be a user manual for adult volunteers new to Scouting, but should be of benefit to all adult Scouting volunteers.