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A waiver or release is the intentional and voluntary act of relinquishing something, such as a known right to sue a person or organization for an injury. The term waiver is sometimes used to refer a document that is signed before any damages actually occur. A release is sometimes used to refer a document that is executed after an injury has occurred. Courts vary in their approach to enforcing releases depending on the particular facts of each case, the effect of the release on other statutes and laws, and the view of the court of the benefits of releases as a matter of public policy. Many courts will invalidate documents signed on behalf of minors. Also, Courts do not permit persons to waive their responsibility when they have exercised gross negligence or misconduct that is intentional or criminal in nature. Such an agreement would be deemed to be against public policy because it would encourage dangerous and illegal behavior. This form is a release and assumption of risk agreement in favor of an organization, its officers, directors, volunteers, and agents in connection with a camping trip. This form is a generic example that may be referred to when preparing such a form for your particular state. It is for illustrative purposes only. Local laws should be consulted to determine any specific requirements for such a form in a particular jurisdiction.
Release of Claims for Future Accidental Injuries or Death by Individual Participating in Camping Trip I, (Name of Participant), am aware in signing this document for participation in the (Name of Camping Trip) (the Camping Trip) that certain elements of the Camping Trip are physically, mentally, socially and emotionally demanding. Furthermore, I understand that certain risks and dangers (such as those listed below) exist in the activities in which I will be participating. These risks include loss or damage of personal property, injury or fatality due to inclement weather, slipping, falling, insect bites, falling objects, immersion in cold water, hypothermia, hyperthermia, or suffering of any type of accident or illness in remote areas without easy access to medical facilities, or while traveling to and from the activity site. I acknowledge that while the (Name of Organization sponsoring the Camping Trip) (the Organization) and the camping trip staff will make every reasonable effort to teach me proper outdoor techniques and to minimize exposure to known risks, all dangers, hazards and perils associated with these activities cannot be foreseen. I have a personal duty and responsibility to learn and follow the safety standards, guidelines, and procedures established by my instructors and will make them aware at any point during the activity if I question my knowledge of these standards, guidelines and procedures, or my ability to participate. I understand and assume all dangers, hazards, perils and risks associated with this Camping Trip and waive all claims to causes of actions arising from participation in the Camping Trip and do hereby release all perso
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