Adult Leadership

Each Learning for Life group/post shall have one adult, 21 years of age or older, who shall be approved by the participating organization.

Leadership Requirements for Trips and Outings

  1. Two-deep leadership:

    Two adult leaders, or one adult and a parent of a participant, are required for all trips or outings. Coed overnight activities require male and female adult leaders, both of whom must be 21 years of age or older. Parents used to fulfill the two-deep leadership must be approved by the participating organization.

    Definitions of outings:

    Outings are trips or meetings that occur at places other than the usual group/post meeting location and require preplanning of transportation. Outings may have an overnight component. All groups or posts planning an outing must read, agree, and comply with the requirements in the outing permit.
  2. During transportation to and from planned outings:
    1. Meet for departure at a designated area.
    2. Prearrange a schedule for periodic checkpoint stops as a group.
    3. Plan a daily destination point.
    A common departure site and daily destination point are a must. If you cannot provide two adults for each vehicle, the minimum required is one adult and two or more youth participants—never one on one.
  3. Safety rule of four:

    No fewer than four individuals (always with the minimum of two adults) go on any overnight or extended outing. If an accident occurs, one person stays with the injured, and two go for help. Additional adult leadership requirements must reflect an awareness of such factors as size and skill level of the group, anticipated environmental conditions, and overall degree of challenge.
  4. Male and female leaders require separate sleeping facilities. Married couples may share the same quarters if appropriate facilities are available.
  5. Male and female youth participants will not share the same sleeping facility.
  6. When staying in tents, no youth will stay in the tent of an adult other than his or her parent or guardian. Youth and adults, other than the participant's parent(s), must have separate sleeping quarters.
  7. If separate shower and bathroom facilities are not available, separate times for male and female use should be scheduled and posted.
  8. Flying activities are allowed only for Explorer posts in Learning for Life. For details, see the Aviation Exploring Web site. Two-deep adult leadership is required for Explorer flying activities. For basic orientation flights, the adult licensed pilot in control of the aircraft is sufficient for the flight while two-deep leadership is maintained on the ground. In advanced orientation flights, Explorers may stop at an airport different from the departure airport and even have an activity there, such as an outing at a flight museum. Because of this difference, two-deep adult leadership is required.

Safety First Learning for Life Guidelines

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