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Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Recreation/Camp Safety - Advanced

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Camp Safety - Advanced
North American Division


Skill Level 3
Year of Introduction: 2009

The requirements below are for the North American Division NAD tiny.png. This honor has different requirements for the General Conference GC tiny.png.

1. Earn the following honors if not already earned:
a) Camping Skills I-IV
b) Camp Safety

This Wiki has a page with instructions and tips for earning the Camping Skills I honor.

This Wiki has a page with instructions and tips for earning the Camping Skills II honor.

This Wiki has a page with instructions and tips for earning the Camping Skills III honor.

This Wiki has a page with instructions and tips for earning the Camping Skills IV honor.

This Wiki has a page with instructions and tips for earning the Camp Safety honor.

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 Camp Safety Honor.

See Camp Safety for tips and instruction on teaching this honor. For this you should also add an instructor diamond to the patch.

4. Conduct five campsite inspections (on at least two camping experiences) using your local conference's current campsite inspection form or its equivalent.

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
    • Complete
    • Accessible
    • 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
  • Tents
    • 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
    • Neat
    • Free from tripping hazards
    • Tools are stored properly
    • Potentially dangerous tools are secured away from young hands
    • Pathfinders have proper supervision at all times