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Trek Safely

A brochure designed to help Scouting groups prepare for a variety of high-adventure treks titled "Trek Safely," No. 20-125, highlights seven basic principles for planning a BSA outdoor trek of any duration—from overnight camping to two weeks of backpacking, sailing, or canoeing.

In addition to helping Scouting groups organize their treks, the brochure also helps youth and adult leaders recognize situations that may lead to accidents and assist leaders in deciding to make camp or turn back. The back of the guide includes a sample "Parental Informed Consent and Hold-Harmless/Release Agreement" form that councils may use for their treks.

The brochure will be accompanied by a training outline to help volunteers effectively teach Scouting groups and leaders the Trek Safely principles. This guide will be especially useful for Venturing crews with an outdoor specialty, and those pursuing the Ranger Award.

The seven principles presented in Trek Safely are

  • Qualified supervision
  • Keeping fit
  • Planning ahead
  • Gearing up
  • Communicating clearly and completely
  • Monitoring conditions
  • Discipline

In addition to "Trek Safely," the following BSA training materials and literature provide additional guidance for successfully organizing a trek:

  • Trek leader section, National Camping School
  • Aquatics section, National Camping School
  • Climbing section, National Camping School
  • Horsemanship training, Philmont Scout Ranch
  • Passport to High Adventure, No. 4310
  • Fieldbook, No. 33200
  • Principles of Leave No Trace, No. 21-105; http://www.scouting.org/boyscouts/resources/21-105
  • Okpik: Cold-Weather Camping, No. 34040
  • Topping Out: A BSA Climbing/Rappelling Manual, No. 3207A
  • Guide to Safe Scouting, No. 34416C; http://www.scouting.org/pubs/gss/index.html
  • Backpacking merit badge pamphlet, No. 33232A
  • Camping merit badge pamphlet, No. 33256
  • Canoeing merit badge pamphlet, No. 33305
  • Cooking merit badge pamphlet, No. 33349
  • First Aid merit badge pamphlet, No. 33301A
  • Horsemanship merit badge pamphlet, No. 33298
  • Orienteering merit badge pamphlet, No. 33385
  • Personal Fitness merit badge pamphlet, No. 33286A
  • Snow Sports merit badge pamphlet, No. 33365A
  • Weather merit badge pamphlet, No. 33274A
  • Whitewater merit badge pamphlet, No. 33405A
  • Wilderness Survival merit badge pamphlet, No. 33265A
Resource: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/430-125.pdf

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