It would simply not be true to say that there are no risks involved in outdoor life. In fact, it is the healthy element of risk, which is vital to the development of capable individuals, that makes our programs so valuable. In addition to the general risks associated with adventure sports and wilderness pursuits, there are other risks such as slipping on wet rocks, getting into poison ivy, tripping and falling over logs or cutting yourself while preparing a meal, to name just a few. We have an excellent safety record, which we achieve through year-round practice in simple living, wilderness medical training, providing special safety equipment and trust in our intuitive sense.
We have an excellent safety record, which we achieve through year-round practice in simple living, wilderness medical training, providing special safety equipment and trust in our intuitive sense. All instructors are Lifeguard certified. Annual staff trainings include rescue simulations covering medical and technical procedures. Climbing instructors are certified through the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA). Lead teaching staff are certified in CPR and as Wilderness First Responders (WFR), a medical training specifically for remote and isolated areas. Each program has its own emergency plan with access to medical facilities.
This, however, does not excuse individuals from being responsible for their own safety. Any outdoor activity requires common sense and thought before action. This personal responsibility is expected of all participants with respect to age. We realize some students have more difficulty than others in the area of self-monitoring personal safety. If you feel your child may need extra attention in this area, please let us know.
SAFETY ON ADVANCED PROGRAMS
Some of our programs, such as advanced remote expeditions, Class IV white water paddling, advanced rock climbing and caving, go far beyond what children are allowed to do in a typical camp. In such programs, there may be an increased level of risk due to unpredictable environments. Participation in these advanced programs is a privilege that students earn through hard training, experience and the development of exceptional personal qualities. In addition to this privilege, there must be trust between families and Kroka’s teachers, with mutual respect and the awareness that while all safety precautions are taken, there is an inherent risk involved that must be understood and accepted.