The best high-adventure treks are planned, led, and carried out by youth. The purpose of Scouting is to help youth grow and mature, and learn how to be prepared. This happens when youths are responsible for their own plans and for making their own decisions. There is great strength in being prepared and in knowledge and knowing
- How to dress properly in the outdoors and knowing about appropriate outdoor clothing such as polypropylene and polar fleece
- About proper nutrition—a balance between simple and complex carbohydrates, proteins, and fats
- How to pace a crew to help prevent overheating and sweating
- That drinking lots of properly disinfected water is crucial to your well-being
- How to conserve the environment and preserve the experience for future trekkers
- Where to go to enjoy the fresh air and the simpler life
To enjoy a trek, you must be fit. Part of preparing for marvelous outdoor experiences means undertaking a physical conditioning program to enhance your aerobic capacity and to tone your muscles. Being fit means feeling good about yourself not only physically, but mentally and emotionally, too. Point out that when accidents do occur, they frequently are related to unknown physical conditions or the unexpected result of some known physical problem. Good safety requires that the person in charge understand the risks or consequences of situations and circumstances such as individual limitations and inclement weather.
The Leader’s Responsibilities During High-Adventure Activities
The role of the adult leader is to counsel and advise youth members. If necessary, this leader should be prepared to discipline without verbal or physical abuse. The adult leader should:
- Make arrangements for transportation, overnight stops, and meals en route to and from the high-adventure activity.
- Assist Scouts with fund-raising efforts.
- Ensure the safety and well-being of every youth member.
- Address youth conflicts.
- Serve as counselor and coach by providing appropriate guidance to the group and youth members.
All adult leaders must have completed BSA Youth Protection training before participating in any Scouting event or activity involving youth members. Your local council has materials about this required training.