Planning BSA High Adventure Trips

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Describes the basic planning processes required for going a high adventure trip with the Boy Scouts of America. It has a distinct Sea Scouting flavor to it. It was developed for Flint River Council's Scouting University, 5 Nov 11.

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  • I.A. Objectives I.B. Introduce staff
  • Planning BSA High Adventure Trips

    1. 1. Planning High Adventure Trips What’d Ya Gotta Do to Get Ready!
    2. 2. Objectives
    3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>Where to Go! </li></ul><ul><li>Registration </li></ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Trip Conditioning </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Leader Training </li></ul><ul><li>More Information </li></ul>
    4. 4. Where to Go! <ul><li>The Big Four </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Philmont </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Northern Tier </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sea Base </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bechtel (after 2013 Jamboree) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Council High Adventure Bases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.Scouting.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make Your Own </li></ul>
    5. 5. Philmont <ul><li>Cimmaron, New Mexico </li></ul><ul><li>High Altitude Back Country Backpacking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shows & adventures at resupply points </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cavalcade </li></ul><ul><li>High Country Backpacking </li></ul>
    6. 6. Northern Tier <ul><li>3 Bases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ely, Minnesota </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bissett, Manitoba, Canada </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Atikokan, Minnesota & Manitoba </li></ul></ul><ul><li>High Adventure Canoeing </li></ul><ul><li>Bissett accessible only by float plane </li></ul><ul><li>Opik: Cold-weather survival </li></ul>
    7. 7. Sea Base <ul><li>Florida Keys </li></ul><ul><li>Several Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scuba </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sailing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Snorkeling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fishing </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Bechtel <ul><li>West Virginia </li></ul><ul><li>You name it! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mountain Biking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whitewater </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Backpacking </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Registration <ul><li>The Big Four </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lottery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Early Registration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Often 2 Years ahead of time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Council Contingents </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Council </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Call </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do Your Own Thing </li></ul>
    10. 10. Sea Scouts <ul><li>Public Relations Officers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>US Navy Bases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>US Coat Guard </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Charter Boats </li></ul><ul><li>Create Your Own Fun </li></ul>
    11. 11. Planning <ul><li>Capabilities Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Trip Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul><ul><li>Tour Permit </li></ul><ul><li>Committee </li></ul>
    12. 12. Capabilities Assessment <ul><li>Know the limitations of your Crew! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maturity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Previous Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Fixing Capability Gaps <ul><li>Consultants / Guides </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Conditioning </li></ul><ul><li>Team Building </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Trip Extravaganzas </li></ul><ul><li>Discipline </li></ul>
    14. 14. Trip Plan <ul><li>Initial Planning Document </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outing Charter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ranger: Risk Management Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sets parameters for Scouts to plan with </li></ul>
    15. 15. Medical Forms <ul><li>Parts A, B, & C </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Always </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Part D </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Big Four </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Part B(?) contains release of liability </li></ul>
    16. 16. Food <ul><li>The Big 4 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provided by the outfitter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Special Dietary Needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring your own </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On Your Own </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carry / Mail Ahead of Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resupply Schedule </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Tour Permit <ul><li>Tour Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Normal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Itinerary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Travel times are scrutinized </li></ul><ul><li>Adult leader training highly evaluated </li></ul><ul><li>Expect rejection first time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit early </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Adult Leadership <ul><li>Adults are advisors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Level of leadership depends on group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideally: Shadows! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide planning parameters </li></ul><ul><li>Enforce discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Make things happen behind the scenes </li></ul>
    19. 19. Committee <ul><li>Membership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tour Leader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel Agent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fund Raiser </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Works in the background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blocking & tackling </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Pre-Trip Conditioning <ul><li>Personal Conditioning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Fitness Merit Badge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Fitness Ranger Elective </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shakedowns </li></ul><ul><li>Training Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Outings </li></ul>
    21. 21. Equipment <ul><li>Outfitter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guides </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Participants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Gear </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Adult Leader Training <ul><li>Youth Protection Training </li></ul><ul><li>Weather Hazards </li></ul><ul><li>Wilderness First Aid </li></ul><ul><li>Outdoor Leader Training </li></ul><ul><li>Specialty Training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Climb On Safely </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety Afloat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BSA Lifeguard </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. More Information <ul><li>www. Scouting.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passport to High Adventure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Big Four High Adventure Bases </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Powder Horn </li></ul><ul><li>Sea Badge </li></ul>
    24. 24. More Information <ul><li>Field Book </li></ul><ul><li>Sea Scout Manual </li></ul><ul><li>Dummies Books </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced Adults </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Camp Directors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sea Scout Commodores </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Venture Crew Leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Been There, Done That Scouters </li></ul></ul>

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