3rd Portchester Scouts
Safety and adventure

Every child has the right to an adventure
... which for us means real world adventures, not 'Chessington World of Adventures' (sorry Chessington!)

Real world adventure

Our adventures often involve real world hazards so we assess the risks and take steps to reduce the chances of anyone being harmed

but ...

For many of our activities we simply cannot remove the hazards and we need everyone involved, including the Scouts themselves, to take some responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others.

Everyday adventure hazards

Roads.  Get it wrong and you could die!  We need to be able to rely upon Scouts to behave safely with traffic.

Water activities.  Scouts are not supervised one-to-one on the water; in fact, we want them to learn to take charge of boats for themselves.  We provide personal buoyancy but we have to trust the Scouts to use their self-discipline and training to avoid dangerous situations.

Domestic activities (especially at camp).  It is usually the simple things that are the most likely to cause harm and, again, we need the Scouts to take some responsibility:
  • Cooking - it has to be hot
  • Hygiene - we cannot wash their hands!
  • Hot drinks - necessary but hazardous
  • Trip hazards around tents
  • Heat and cold injuries outdoors
  • Knives, axes and saws - essential tools

Extreme adventure hazards

Crate stacking
When you think about it, there is often very little risk involved in apparently 'extreme' activities which usually have fail safe precautions in place.

Parental informed consent

Parents have a right to know about our safety precautions and we try to provide enough information so any consent given is properly informed.

Parental responsibility

Quad bike
Parents have a responsibility to inform the leaders if there is anything that may prevent a child from safely enjoying an activity; including lack of maturity.  We will usually try to put extra precautions in place rather than have a Scout miss out on something but this is not always practicable.

Living in a risky world

Network gunge
We take our safety responsibilites very seriously but we sometimes face up to hazards instead of avoiding them.  We hope that by doing this with the Scouts they will learn how to think independently about risk and be able to keep themselves safe as their journey to adulthood enters those 'indestructible' teenage years.

Scout Association policy

It is the policy of The Scout Association to provide Scouting in a safe manner without risk to health, so far as is reasonably practicable.