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The Sample Trip Plan is from a previous Gold/Silver trip. This document shows the best practice for planning a trip to ensure you are meeting all the requirements for the trip that is being undertaken. It also shows the tent groups and who is responsible for carrying which equipment.
Each student should have some level of First Aid training to participate in the outdoor adventures. Here you will find some information about organizations and the first aid programs they offer. You can also check with your local community centre, as they sometimes offer first aid classes at certain times.
You may go on-line and register individually where and when you like.
Alternatively, if you can get enough of your classmates together, you can organize a group lesson.
Please note that there are classes with varying levels of cost + time commitment. If you would simply like some skills and knowledge in first aid, you can take any of the courses. If however you think you may require first aid for job purposes, you may want to look into doing one of the higher level courses which provides a 3 year certificate, sometimes required for positions such as, lifeguard, childcare, camp counselor, etc.
The Packing List is from previous parent volunteers and specifically covers necessary items for a two-day 1-night DoE trip, as is the DOE Two Days hiking trip.
The 3-day kayak trip is a suggested packing list from a trip outfitter, but the actual packing list used by a group in the Mini is the DOE_three_days_kayak_trip.
- First Aid reminders (if they feel a blister starting, deal with it sooner than later, etc.)
- Stove operation
- Bear cache or bear-safe food storage
- What to do if a bear is encountered
- Orienteering: map reading and compass use
- Leave no traces (if now outhouse, how to minimize environmental impact)
- If canoeing/kayaking: paddle technique, righting technique
- If appropriate, how to start a fire
- Put up a group tarp
During the trip:
- Parents should be given details of the trip
- Students at front always wait at forks in the trail and stop at otherwise agreed upon places or times. No one left behind!
- Parent at back
- Watch for cold/wet/water consumption
- Remind to travel as a group, making lots of noise - its bear country
The attached PDF addresses common ailments and wildlife issues associated with back-country camping
Bronze Practice - 1 day hike: Upper/Lower Lynn Valley, Norvan Falls, Stawamus Chief, Mt. Seymour, Greendrop Lake (Chilliwack area), Mt. Strachan (Cypress Park)
Bronze Qualifying/Silver Practice - 2 days/1 night: Gold Creek (Golden Ears Provincial Park), Garabaldi Lake (after June due to snow), Skagit River, Lightening Lakes (Manning), Cheakamus River, Elfin Lakes (Garibaldi Park), Joffre Lakes (Pemberton)
Silver Qualifying/Gold Practice - 3 days/2 nights: Stein Valley (any time, can be very hot), Garibaldi Park, Manning Park (Heather Trail, Skyline Trail, Skagit River), Strathcona Park field trip
Gold Qualifying - min 4 days/3 nights: Juan de Fuca Trail (5 days anytime), Powell Forest Canoe Circuit (5 days anytime), Heather Trail (Manning 4 days), Garabaldi Park (Diamond Head -> Elfin Lakes -> Mamquam Lake)
If planning a trip for spring/early summer, check trail reports for conditions to ensure there isn"t too much snow at altitude.
An excellent resource: 103 Hikes in British Columbia by Jack Bryceland and Mary & David Macaree. Greystone Books.