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Can you train camp staff to manage risk?
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Tuesday, 06 April 2010 09:42
When it comes to managing risk, attention to detail, consistency and execution of routines is where camps should focus much of their attention.
Written by Matt Cruchet
Originally published in Canada Camps - Winter 2010 under the title "Worth the Risk"

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Training staff to manage risk is an overwhelming large undertaking. Where do you start? Risk management starts with big ideas: what type of camp are we running, what are the outcomes we want to achieve and how do we get there? These ideas trickle down to day-in-the-life operations: do we have enough equipment, what trail should we take and who’s going to lead the activity?

It is disingenuous to think that you can train staff to manage risk. You can train staff to manage participant safety. You can support staff in making sound judgment decisions. You can teach staff how to stop bleeding or administer an Epipen™. You can instruct on how to perform site inspections. But you can’t train staff to manage risk for your camp – that’s the owner’s and/or director’s job and can only happen from the top.
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New Lightning Guidelines from OPHEA
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Tuesday, 06 April 2010 07:32
Here's an excerpt from OPHEA's latest newsletter:

Due to the increasingly higher incidence of lightning and the overall volatility of recent weather patterns, the revised Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines address procedures related to lightning and student safety.

Before you send students outdoors for a class, a practice or a competition implement the following procedures:
  • Identify a designated in-charge person (teacher, coach, game official)
  • The in-charge person is responsible for monitoring weather conditions prior to activity
  • The in-charge person is responsible for pre-planing for the location of the closest safe structure
  • When lightning is seen or thunder is heard, immediately suspend the activity and direct students to a safe shelter
  • Wait a minimum of 30 minutes from the last visual observation of lightning or sound of thunder before resuming outdoor activities
 
Retracing Richard Code's Final Steps
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Saturday, 03 April 2010 08:22
Ian Merringer wrote an article for the Globe and Mail retracing the ill-fated survivorist's route. We were there.

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The details about the route in the article are accurate. He would have had an extremely tough go through the deep snow pack. Cold, wet and no time to build a shelter the first night would have been miserable with a poor fire. His trek out (due North) was painful to follow as the post-hole steps became closer and closer together. Exhausted, cold and too weak to provide warmth and shelter he died of exposure (hypothermia) - likely over a period of time.

The obvious route out in an emergency would have been East along the lake from his camp to the road. A snowmobile trail ran right past the point heading East-West on the lake. Hard packed and easy going... difficult to understand what he was thinking. Perhaps, 'practicing' his compass skills by going North as he had planned.

Les Stround has some great advice. Listen to excerpts from Globe reporter Sarah Boesveld's conversation with TV's 'Survivorman' here.
 
Adventure voyeurs and ambulance chasers
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Thursday, 01 April 2010 00:00
A great article by Jon Heshka in the Sports Law Canary.

"It says something about the Canadian psyche that the media give much greater coverage and the public more attention to three snowmobilers recently dying in avalanches than two people murdered last week at an Edmonton car dealership and the mother and daughter fatally shot in Belville, Ontario." Read the article here.
 
TEDMED Presentation - Ken Kamler (Everest Physician)
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Tuesday, 30 March 2010 09:40


An excellent account of the worst disaster in the history of Mount Everest climbs. Ken Kamler was the only doctor on the mountain. At TEDMED, he shares the incredible story of the climbers' battle against extreme conditions and uses brain imaging technology to map the medical miracle of one man who survived roughly 36 hours buried in the snow.
 
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