Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Recreation/Camp Safety - Advanced
|Camp Safety - Advanced|
|North American Division
|Skill Level 3|
|Year of Introduction: 2009|
1. Earn the following honors if not already earned: a)Camping Skills I-IV b)Camp Safety
See the following chapters for tips and instructions on earning these honors:
2. What is meant by “Pathfinders are a sacred trust” and how does camp safety support that aspect of ministry in the church?
When parents allow their children to join Pathfinders, they have certain expectations of what will go on at the meetings and outings. Staff must be constantly vigilant of anything that could threaten the safety of any Pathfinder, and must not be hesitant to intervene when boundaries are crossed. This however, deals only with physical safety.
Not only are the staff to keep the children safe at all times, they are also to serve as a Christian example. They are to provide spiritual leadership to those in their care. If the Pathfinder experience is not pointing the Pathfinder to Christ, the leaders are not executing their duties properly.
Remember this text from Matthew:
|Matthew 18:6 (NIV)|
|But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.|
3. Train a Pathfinder Unit or its equivalent in the Camping Safety Honor
See Camp Safety for tips and instruction on teaching this honor.
4. Conduct 5 camp site inspections (on at least two camping experiences) using the current Adventist Risk Management Pathfinder Camp Safety Inspection Form or its equivalent.
| Note: The editors of this answer book feel that there is an error in the official version of this requirement.
The form provided by Adventist Risk Management is not a campsite inspection form at all, but rather, a summer camp facility inspection form. We recommend that you use your conferences camp site inspection form. Ask your conference youth director or an area coordinator for one.
Some conferences have the TLT's conduct camp site inspections during the Camporees. If this is the case in your conference, it makes an excellent opportunity to meet this requirement. Otherwise, it can be met by conducting a formal inspection during a club campout. Here are some of the things to check for:
- First Aid Kit
- Well marked
- Medical Release Forms
- Each Pathfinder should have a copy of their own
- Each Staff member should have copies for all Pathfinders under their care.
- Master copies should be in a central location
- Fire Safety
- Fire extinguishing equipment present (unless no fire is to be lit)
- Perimeter around fire pit is neat and free from obstructions
- Fire is confined to a proper fire ring
- Properly pitched
- All ropes and guy lines are tight
- Sleeping bags and luggage are neat
- Adults and children in separate tents
- Boys' and girls' tents are properly separated
- Kitchen Area
- Food is secured against animals
- Food is stored at a safe temperature
- Kitchen and dishes are clean
- Fire extinguisher accessible and near stove
- Area is neat and free from tripping hazards
- General Campsite Area
- Clearly marked entrance
- Free from tripping hazards
- Tools are stored properly
- Potentially dangerous tools are secured away from young hands
- Pathfinders have proper supervision at all times