LEARNING THROUGH LEADERSHIP AND ADVENTURE
Summer camp teaches an almost endless variety of skills, values and character traits. Bold Earth carefully mentors teenagers to work together more cooperatively, resolve conflicts more effectively, assume greater responsibility and become more self-reliant and self-confident. Adventure travel is a powerful environment to strengthen children's character development. These intangible benefits occur on Bold Earth by design. We have carefully crafted an away experience for and about teenage growth.
Bold Earth Teen Adventure is an institution where a teenager can safely experience and satisfy their need for independence, physical activity, creative expression and true participation in a community environment. Teens learn about living, working and playing together and making positive contributions to the world away from their family, friends and school. In addition, campers typically learn a healthy respect for nature, culture and the diverse world we live in. Bold Earth's dynamic programs also teach the socialization skills needed to cope in the real world as adolescents entering adulthood.
Bold Earth opens doors, exposing teens to possibilities and opportunities. Teens with everything are taken to a new place, away from routine and family where they experience the real value of teamwork, friendship and challenge. We all want to be a part of something bigger and more important than ourselves. More than anything else, this sense of inclusion and purpose are the core values that Bold Earth teaches. We offer a sense of perspective and provide students with a head start on the road to independence and adulthood.
RISK MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW
Bold Earth places a high priority on the realistic management of risks. Because of the varied terrain including mountains, rock, water, weather, whitewater and outdoor living components on six continents, participation with Bold Earth contains some elements of risk. Due to inherent risks, Bold Earth cannot legitimately offer a guarantee of safety. However, our acute awareness of and focus on risk management over our 37 year history decreases overall risk and enables us to operate within an acceptable level of risk.
RISK MANAGEMENT STATEMENT
Bold Earth has been entrusted with the care and education of its students while traveling. The physical and emotional health and welfare of students, as well as employees, is of highest priority to Bold Earth. To that end our risk management plan includes several key components: quality staff, informed students, contingency planning, and support services (i.e. transportation and emergency communication systems).
Staff at Bold Earth will be experienced and qualified educators, travelers, and outdoor people who have specific, relevant experience and training related to those subjects of which they are in charge. We prepare our Trip Leaders for various outdoor activities by requiring Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and other certifications when applicable for specific technical activities for quick and efficient response to emergency situations. Leaders are aware of student medical histories, potential environmental hazards, and Bold Earth safety and risk management protocols are meticulously review during a yearly week long intensive staff training.
Engaging in outdoor activities involves inherent and other risks ‐‐ many of which cannot be controlled. While Bold Earth cannot guarantee safety, it can and does strive to manage the associated risks and inform its students of those risks. Bold Earth deliberately teaches students how to adapt behavior, recognize and manage risks and develop expertise to minimize potentially dangerous situations. Students know they are expected to conduct themselves responsibly by promoting their own safety and well‐being as well as that of other participants and leaders within the program. Students play an important role in our risk management practices.
Bold Earth staff must create routine contingency plans on both the small and large scales. Major contingency planning occurs at the beginning of each program where safety is discussed. Throughout the program minor contingency planning is an ongoing process which occurs during the pre‐trip check and before each adventure outing. During the pre‐trip check, local emergency contact, health services, communication and evacuation procedures are reviewed.
The Bold Earth office is open 24/7 during the summer operations to immediately communicate with families and trips in the field. Bold Earth Trip Leaders carry medical kits with trips at all times, as well as emergency contact numbers for local emergency services, the Bold Earth office and check‐in/report protocols for emergency situations when it may be necessary to notify parents, initiate emergency response.
BOLD EARTH EMERGENCY SYSTEMS
Bold Earth has had an excellent track record since 1976 of managing risk effectively and we want to keep the focus on managing and avoiding risk instead of responding to accidents. We strive to engage in adventurous activities where risk is limited. A Trip Leader or Student should be able to articulate why a given activity was undertaken and what merit the activity has in light of any inherent risks that exist. If one’s experience dictates that the group should be more conservative, the Student and Trip Leader together team up to understand and manage risk. If Bold Earth continues to manage risk well, our program will continue to thrive and expand as an adventure travel experience for youth.
TAKING CHARGE OF THE SITUATION
It is proven that, in crisis situations, a clear and direct hierarchy helps clarify what actions should be taken. Trip Leaders discuss this decision-making hierarchy to handle emergencies with the Bold Earth office and co‐leader before each trip starts. Mobile phones should be carried on all trips. That said, there are many locations where it is difficult to call; we cannot assume a telephone will work as part of our risk management plan. Trip Leaders must be familiar with both the mobile phone coverage and communication alternatives before beginning the trip. It our responsibility to provide a method to find the nearest hospital and emergency response locations and numbers before embarking. Together our staff creates an emergency procedure plan to think about what to do if the worst happens.
Parents and students, your trust and confidence mean the world to the Bold Earth team. Never hesitate to call Abbott Wallis directly at 303-526-0806, or email him at email@example.com before, during or after a summer with Bold Earth.
Abbott Wallis and The Bold Earth Team
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