Careful pre-planning is essential for a safe trip. If potential problems are thought out in advance, precious time may be saved in the event of an emergency, and much panic and confusion avoided.
Preventative pre-planning should consist of:
- being knowledgeable of on-site resource people,emergency communication equipment, and safety equipment.
- assessing probable weather conditions and appropriate equipment required to deal with conditions.
- assessing potential hazards, e.g. lakes, ice, cooking facilities, fires
- drawing up comprehensive timetables, maps and rules of conduct.
- ensuring that both parents/helpers and children are familiar with the above.
Safety requirements change with the season.
Many potential dangerous situations may be avoided by:
- ensuring that children are properly dressed.
- providing proper supervision–additional parents/helpers may be needed in winter.
- preventing overexertion and dehydration, which is a common cause of headache and nausea.
- being alert to first signs of hypothermia, frostbite and hyperthermia.
- considering appropriate equipment for the season.
- checking with McQueen Lake staff regarding ice and snow conditions in winter.
- At least one vehicle on site for emergencies
- McQueen Lake phone number posted in school office: 250-574-0730
- Spare first aid kit. First aid kit located in the caretaker’s residence, the stretcher is in the pump house (at overnight center). The caretaker (Dan Sargent) is a qualified first aid attendant.
- list of children drawn up (note medic alerts and allergies)
- establish a buddy system and/or other means by which to effectively monitor individuals in your group.
- concept established that students have a responsibility for their own physical safety and condition.
- code of conduct established
- appropriateness of clothing and equipment checked prior to departure from school
- potential hazards assessed (fires, ice, weather)
- special equipment needs (insect repellent-June, extra sleeping bags)
- students given clear instructions on what to do if lost