The Guide to Safe Scouting defines a “qualified superviser” as one who is “sufficiently trained, experienced, and skilled in the activity to be confident of his/her ability to lead and to teach the necessary skills, and to respond effectively in the event of an emergency.”

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This definition does not differ significantly from the skills required of an outdoor leader in the outdoor recreation industry.  Indeed, it has been said that the skills required of a successful outdoor leader are the following:

  • Outdoor skills – outdoor living, technical, rescue, medical, and safety skills;
  • Human skills – interpersonal, coaching, and counseling skills required for effective human interaction and teaching;
  • Educational skills – a functional understanding of activity structure, progression, and outdoor education strategies, with the ability to manage safe activities; and
  • Administrative skills – skills necessary to address all aspects of a program’s design and management.

DSCF0246Clearly, a unit leader who has mastered the above skills of an outdoor leader should be able to similarly meet the stated qualifications of, and successfully serve as, a “qualified supervisor”.

The Scouts deserve no less!

“Qualified Supervision” . . . do you have the skills?