cavedoc wrote:That sounds like an excellent exercise. One other thing to consider during the "incident" is leadership issues. If the adult goes down, who's in charge? In Scouting you have a leadership structure in place with the boys already, which is good. This is a great opportunity to add to the leadership training for those boys. But it's worthwhile doing the exercise of "what if there is no patrol leader (or other appropriate title, maybe things have changed since I was a Scout)? How will you make decisions? Who will make decisions?" There are plenty of reasonable answers to those questions that will depend on the situation but they are good to discuss before problems happen.
I was at a medical continuing education function last week in which a wilderness med scenario was a boy scout troop whose leader got hit by lightning along with several Scouts. The leader was out for a while as was a Scout. Based on a real incident. 14 boys, only one adult. So it can happen. Best to take two adults, especially with a group of that size. they chose to send two older Scouts towards the trailhead to look for help while the rest stayed. Seems like a pretty reasonable response to that situation.
Grandpa Caver wrote:Thanks Roger. That's exactly the kind of advise I was hoping to get. I still have several months to get all my ducks in a row on this but I will be speaking to the troops scoutmaster soon and would like to be armed with more than just a vague plan when I talk to him. Still plenty of time; any more ideas, anyone?
There is one thing that has been tickling the back of my mind. Given the serious nature of this exercise with a group of minors; are there any "particular" legal issues I should concider?
caveflower wrote:Grandpa if you need help with this let me know. I can do what ever you need. I think its a great ideal btw.
Grandpa Caver wrote:Yes thanks. While I am aware of the BSA regs and NSS guidelines and I try to keep up with occasional changes: now would surely be a good time to re-read them. Maybe I'm being overly cautious but I was wondering if there might be some seemingly minor detail such as what I name the event (or should it be named?) that might be concidered.
I've done enough youth group trips, caving projects and events to know I tend to worry a bit too much about such things. I have learned however; the devil is in the details.
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