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5 - 7 Day Hiking Trip Sample Planning Outline by weep00p

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									                                                5 - 7 Day Hiking Trip
                                                Sample Planning Outline
  NOTE: Be sure to adhere to Scouts Canada’s Camping/Outdoor Activity Guide, www.scouts.ca

Session ________                                       Session ________
Research                                               Risk Management
   find out about the area where the out-trip will         identify any potential emergencies and discuss
   occur (topography, weather)                             appropriate responses
   investigate necessary permits (Tour Permit,             set out a Plan B for your hiking route
   camping/hiking application)                             discuss your action plan or who will take on
   assess the distance to be covered                       what role in case of an emergency
   inquire about campsite availability                     decide on contingency plans for
   locate the nearest hospital or communication            communication
   post                                                    collect Physical Fitness Forms for all
   decide on entrance and exit points and pick-up          participants
   sites                                                   make an official trip itinerary and share it with
   investigate alternate routes                            people at home
   assess the knowledge and experience of each             be sure you have all additional information for
   of the participants.                                    a complete Emergency Plan (page 11 in
                                                           Fieldbook).
   Additional Resources: Internet, maps, park
          rangers, Scouts from the area                  Additional Resources: Fieldbook for Canadian
                                                                        Scouting, Ch.2
Session ________
                                                       Session ________
In-Depth Planning
   set out a budget                                    First Aid
   discuss transportation to and from the              Participants must have a basic knowledge of:
   adventure                                               the signs, symptoms and treatment of
   get permission forms ready                              hypothermia, heat exhaustion, dehydration,
   discuss equipment needed and whether to buy,            bites and stings, muscle strains and joint
   borrow or rent                                          sprains, sun burn
   identify the skills and training required.              the essential items in a first aid kit and an
                                                           emergency kit
Session ________                                           burns, cuts and bleeding, broken bones, rescue
                                                           carries and artificial respiration
Survival Techniques                                    ** groups can also complete a St. John
   practise map reading and compass skills                 Ambulance course (standard or emergency) as
   talk about navigation from natural signs                part of their preparation.
   practise what to do if lost: building emergency
   shelters, finding food and generating heat             Additional Resources: The Fieldbook for
   make an emergency kit.                               Canadian Scouting, Ch.13; St. John Ambulance
                                                                 Wilderness First Aid book
 Additional Resources: Fieldbook for Canadian
 Scouting, Ch. 10
Session ________                                      Session________
Hiking Equipment                                      Nutrition & Menu Planning
   find out about the proper type of hiking boot           discuss calories needed for hiking and the
   and how to fit appropriately                            types of food that provide energy (Αpower
   investigate different kinds of backpacks                snacks)
   identify the right size backpack for your trip          talk about major considerations for menu
   and the proper style and fit for each individual        planning (weight, freshness, convenience,
   investigate options in tents and shelters               price)
   discuss the use, maintenance and repair of              discuss dehydrated foods
   group equipment.                                        plan a menu
                                                           talk about food packing and storage.
  Additional Resources: Internet; The Fieldbook
          for Canadian Scouting, Ch 7.                      Additional Resources: nutritionist, local
                                                           athletes, local outfitters, The Fieldbook for
                                                                     Canadian Scouting, Ch.4
Session ________
Personal Equipment
   discuss the necessary clothing for your trip       Session________
   organize sleeping bags, flashlights, and other     Physical Training
   personal gear                                           be aware of the fitness level of each individual
   list all personal hygiene items required                introduce exercises to warm up and stretch the
   review how to pack a backpack so it is                  necessary muscles (hamstrings, quads, calves)
   comfortable and the proper weight                       establish a four week program to prepare the
   practice methods of waterproofing gear.                 group for the physical and aerobic challenges
                                                           of your trip.
Session ________
                                                        Additional Resources: a local gym or personal
The Trip Environment                                                      trainer
   discuss the philosophy of Α Leave No Trace”
   camping and hiking
   review campsite selection                                   Recommended Internet
   review techniques for washing and the disposal                   Resources:
   of grey water
                                                       •    www.gorp.com: for trip ideas, information on
   discuss disposal of garbage                              gear, books and maps
   discuss disposal of human waste                     •    www.bpbasecamp.com
   explore options in water purification
                                                       •    www.melborponsti.com/scouts/ : for recipes
   identify wildlife and poisonous plants that you
   may encounter and discuss how to avoid or
                                                       •    www.lnt.org : for leave no trace information
   deal with them (i.e., raccoons, bears).             •    www.camping.sacsingles.com/ : for general
                                                            information about camping skills
                                                       •    http://camping.miningco.com/travel/camping/
 Additional Resources: The Fieldbook for                     : for camping and backpacking information
 Canadian Scouting, Ch.7                               •    http://www.hikingtips.com
                                                       •    www.trailstuff.com : for books on a wide range
Session________                                             of subjects
Cooking
   investigate lightweight stove options and other
   cooking techniques
   talk about no impact fire building
   practise using stoves or other and try out new
   recipes
   make up a duty roster for cooking and cleaning
                                                      September 2002

								
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