Be prepared

Purpose

Help the young men get prepared to have a successful high adventure outdoor experience.

Description

Purpose

Help the young men get prepared to have a successful high adventure outdoor experience.

Description

Organize a series of activities to prepare young men for an extended outdoor experience, such as a week-long campout. These activities could span a number of months.

  • Get in shape. Identify a fitness specialist to assess the current fitness of each team member and to create a fitness plan for each team member, including mentoring and tracking progress.
  • Gear up. Learn about clothing and gear needed for a backpacking trip, create lists, and practice gathering all the appropriate equipment.
  • Weather watch. Learn to interpret and respond to various weather conditions to prevent injury and ensure safety.
  • Take shelter. Invite an expert to teach the team members ways to find or construct shelter in various climates and geographies.
  • Food and food preparation. Learn how to prepare food in the outdoors, properly care for and sanitize cooking equipment, purify water, and so on.
  • Get warmed up. Gather the appropriate gear for an extended campout and participate in a mild or moderate hike to assess preparedness for longer activities.

Backpacking trip. Apply all the skills and strengths developed to go on an extended backpacking and camping trip.

For detailed directions for each of these activities, see Varsity Team Program Features, Volume 1.

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