Four Pillars of Risk Management
Choosing the right summer camp for high school teenagers is a big family decision. While Bold Earth trips are designed to be unbelievably fun, safety is the most overriding concern for families and the Bold Earth team. Bold Earth manages participant risk all over the world – whether exploring Yosemite National Park or visiting an island off the coast of Mozambique. Since 1976, over 16,000 students and thousands of trip leaders have successfully traveled with Bold Earth.
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Well-motivated, responsible students who are enthusiastic about adventure are required for Bold Earth’s longterm success. We also understand that each traveler is an individual with his or her own distinctive perspective and limitations. Three requirements help Bold Earth ensure successful groups:
- Two adult references, including one from the camper’s school (completed online)
- A ten-minute camper telephone interview
- A ten-minute parent telephone interview
Read comments from Bold Earth campers: Testimonials
Read more about our Rules & Standards: Participation Unity Agreement (PUA).
Since 1976, Bold Earth has programmed carefully crafted and repeatable trips to ensure safe, successful itineraies. Every year, Bold Earth evaluates and re-evaluates every environment, activity, and outfitter with one question in mind: will this be a safe and successful experience year after year?
Visit any of our 31 trip pages to view a detailed, day by day itinerary of your Bold Earth summer.
4. RISK MANAGEMENT
Risk Management & Safety Systems
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 40+ 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 and 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).
Bold Earth staff must create routine contingency plans on both the small and large scales. 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. 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 or 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. Trip Leaders and students 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, both Trip Leaders and students 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. Before each trip starts, Trip Leaders discuss this decision-making hierarchy to handle emergencies with their co-leader and the Bold Earth office. Mobile phones are 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 is 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 or e-mail our founder, Abbott Wallis, directly before, during, or after a summer with Bold Earth.