YSO Online Overview
The 2017 online version of YouthSafe Outdoors: Off-site Experience Safety for British Columbia Schools will be available for online access in May. Following is a brief description of each of the resources in the package.
YouthSafe Outdoors Orientation
This orientation provides end-users with a short process to use to orient themselves or their staff to YouthSafe Outdoors resources. It provides an opportunity to get an overview of the resource package and how to use it. It shares rationale for using the resources, shows which resources are relevant to whom, and the general flow of which resource to apply in which context.
Safety First! Guidelines for BC School Off-site Activities
There are eight sections in the guidelines, as follows, but the vast majority are just reference material:
- Introduction to the Safety First! Guidelines
- Risk Management Primer
- General Considerations for Off-site Activities
- Special Considerations for Off-site Activities
- Local Off-site Outdoor Pursuit/Aquatic Activities
- General Considerations for Higher Care Activities
- Adventure Pursuits Activities
- Travel Excursions
BC Schools Form File
Thirty modifiable form templates are provided that cover a wide variety of off-site relevant purposes. Some forms are useful at the district/school authority level and others are applicable at the school level.
Examples of forms provided include:
- Teacher checklists to assist their planning for all types of outings (local/low risk, higher care, extended travel),
- Informed consent of parents/guardians
- Volunteer applications, informed consent
- Detailed risk management plans for higher care activities, and
- Emergency response and incident reporting.
Adventure Leadership Resource
This resource is very much appreciated by teachers/leaders planning and leading higher care outdoor pursuit activities/trips (e.g., activities with higher inherent risks, occurring in more remote environments, overnight and longer outings, and/or requiring time for teacher, volunteer and student preparation.
The resource includes:
- Gear lists for all types of activities,
- Information to support appropriate external communications technology selection,
- Environment related hazard identification and related safety practices,
- En-route leadership, and emergency preparation and incident management.
- Appendices with modifiable versions of the Known Potential Risks of activities covered in Safety First! Sections 5 and 7
Self-reliance in the Outdoors Instruction Resource
Teachers use this resource, if and as desired, to help students learn to be safe and self-reliant in the outdoors. There are a variety lesson plans provided; each with information and activities, games, student handouts and/or supplementary materials.
Examples of lessons include:
- Decision making in the outdoors
- Outdoor hazards
- Outdoor risk taking profile
- Taking smart risks
- Gearing up for the outdoors
Parents/guardians have important roles to play with regard to school off-site experiences. They review information sent home about an outing and provide informed consent for their child/ward to participate, they help prepare the student for the outing, and some may volunteer to assist with chaperoning and/or other roles over outings. The YouthSafe Outdoors resource provides information and tools to help support congruent, integrated efforts between home and school.
This page provides dozens of links to websites of organizations or otherwise content-relevant the teachers or administrators may find of interest.