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Longs Peak Council

Boy Scouts of America

Cold Water Dangers

June 20, 2008

The Council's Risk Management Committee is concerned about the information that is being shared with the public about the swift waters and cold temperature of the water. They are concerned about the safety of our Scouts and Leaders, and question whether this is the right time of the season, considering added risk, to do any trip on the rivers.

  • There should be a rescue plan in the outfitter's protocols.
  • Outfitter crew needs to be spread throughout the canoes.
  • Possibly ask for a pre-trip survey from the local sheriff office by a member of Dive and Rescue.
  • Be truly prepared and aware of the hypothermia issue. Do they have the right clothing to protect them ... are wet suits being used?
  • Is the chartered organization aware of the trip ... have they also looked at the trip plan?

Please read this additional information about kayaking in cold water.

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