By Darryl Alder
Apr 11, 2016

What spring training do you need for a safer summer?

ClimbingEvery year in April and May, there is a flurry of questions at the Council Service Center regarding training and certifications needed for summer camp plans. So as an editorial team, we thought we would give readers a quick overview of the possibilities:

April is Youth Protection Month: Whether your Youth Protection Training (YPT) is current or not, this is a great month to get all the leaders together and take it as a group.

To take Youth Protection training, go to My.Scouting.org and create an account. You’ll receive an email notification with your account information, including a member ID/reference number. From the My.Scouting.org portal, click Home then My Dashboard from the menu list. The My Training page displays to take Youth Protection training. Upon completion, you may print a training certificate to submit to the Council Service Center. Your training will automatically be updated in our system and associated with the member ID/reference number issued when you created the account.

The Field Staff at the Council Service Centers are more than happy to update your training, which is good for two years. However we make this annual push to keep YPT fresh in the minds of all volunteers, which is great just before camp.

Scouting Safety … Begins With Leadership  Each April, your District Training committee offers this training at roundtables and other venues. If you missed the training, you can right click and download the zip file from the link above and then extract the files into a directory of your choice. This is a large file and it may take some time on slow connections. An outline explains the “sandwich principle” with emphasis on the importance of qualified supervision and discipline. Watch Scouting Safety Begins With Leadership video, No. 19-201.

Wilderness First AidThis course is recommended for all backcountry treks and BSA requires at least one person (two preferred) per unit to be WFA-certified for certain high-adventure camp and backcountry experiences such as Philmont. In the course, you will learn about new practices that go well beyond what Scouting leaders may already know as “first aid.” Wilderness First Aid training helps you cope with medical emergencies in the wild and, perhaps more importantly, to be a more effective manager in any crisis.

Climb On Safely Tour and activity plans are required for any unit activities involving climbing and rappelling. Tour leaders are responsible for making sure all points of Climb On Safely are followed. Unit committee chairs and local councils must ensure that an adult on the tour has taken Climb On Safely training.

Safety and Health at LDS.org.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has an updated safety-related website  with three four-minute videos. The videos address real risks faced by anyone who uses the outdoors as a classroom. They cover lightning safety, drowsy driving, and being physically prepared in a different approach than most safety videos.

Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather  As summer months come around, this is a pretty big deal in Utah and other parts of the intermountain west. The Council requires this training for all Scout leaders before arrival at camp. You should also access Weather Smart News, Links, and Resources  to “know before you go.”

Safe Swim Defense is online training required before conducting swimming activities. It teaches the eights principles that you must follow when you take your Scouts swimming. (Take the course at this link: Safe Swim Defense Course [see login instruction in pull quote above].)

Safety Afloat  has been developed to promote boating and boating safety and to set standards for safe unit activity afloat. You must complete this training and follow the principles in any activity involving boats. (Take the course at this link: Safey Afloat Course [see login instruction in pull quote above].)

Physical Wellness Training was developed to help prepare attendees for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. It is appropriate for leadership in all program areas and for Boy Scout and Venturing youth.

The Risk Zone: Transporting Scouts Safely   Don’t get caught in the Risk Zone! Focus your attention on driving. This roundtable presentation will educate the participants on ways to prevent distractions and fatigue while driving. There is additional presentation material on SUVs and vans, traveling with trailers, and insurance information.

For upcoming courses and more details, visit these links or contact your district training committee

Have a great summer enjoying the outing in Scouting safely.

Risk Management
Author: Darryl Alder | Staff Advisor, Council Enterprise Risk Management Committee

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