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Camping Skills 2016
Day 7: Camping Skills
Venturer Scout and Youth Spokesperson
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
Camping is a fun experience. Memories are made that will last a lifetime. In order for Scouts across Canada to have amazing experiences, they need to be safe. This week is Scouts Canada’s Safety Week and marks the importance of safety in Scouting. Here are some tips to help you stay safe (and keep others safe!) while camping.
Camp food is the best food, as we all know. It is extremely important to be careful while preparing and serving food at camp. Follow these steps for food safety:
- Pack food in tight waterproof bag or container and keep it in an insulated cooler.
- When preparing food, do so with clean hands, utensils and surfaces.
- Raw and cooked food should be separated at all times. Cook meat to correct temperatures. For instance, ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 71 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Fahrenheit) to avoid sickness.
Camping is one of the best ways to enjoy physical activities, but injuries do sometimes occur. Here are some tips on how to stay safe while doing activities at camp:
- When doing activities such as walking, hiking, biking, swimming, paddling or sailing, be sure to bring the proper protective gear. Depending on the activity, you may require helmets, sturdy shoes or life jackets.
- It is important to be aware of your surroundings to avoid things like poisonous plants.
- During physical activities, Scouters should know where their Scouts are at all times and have a system set in place in case of emergencies.
- Scouters should also have all medical information with them at all times and a first aid kit.
The Scouting motto is "Be Prepared" and that is the best way to be safe at camp. Always prepare for the unexpected.
- Check weather reports before you leave for camp.
- Security at camp locations should also be taken into account prior to the camp.
- All supplies that will not be provided should be brought up.
- Bring a proper supply kit that includes a first aid kit, compass, map, flashlight, batteries, food, water purification tablets and any medications.
- Each Scout should have his or her own kit in case of separation from the rest of the group. Scouts should also know who to contact at camp if any issues come up.
Our founder, Robert Baden-Powell, said "Be Prepared… the meaning of the motto is that a Scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practising how to act on any accident or emergency so he is never taken by surprise." Let’s all follow the motto of Scouting by having safe camping experiences this year.
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