Policy, rules, risk assessment: Colditz 2017

Click here for the Colditz Risk assessment version 1 8/3/17

  • Walking adults – All walking adults will have valid and in-date DBS check
  • Walking teams
  • All teams will carry at least one mobile phone, number to be known to the Hike Co-ordinator
  • Teams if they wish may text the Hike Co-ordinator at every check point
  • All teams will carry survival bag, first aid kit, two x Hi Viz (not worn except in emergency)
  • All teams will nominate ONE Scout as team leader before the hike
  • Scouts walking
  • All Scouts participating to be in Year 7 or older except by arrangement with GSL and event organiser (DC)
  • All Scouts to demonstrate before setting off that they have:
    • First aid kit and survival bag 
    • gloves, hat, scarf
    • Appropriate outdoor coat
    • Boots or stout trainers (not wellies)
    • Torch – working
    • Sweets/chocolate
    • Drink
    • Appropriate rucsac to carry the above
  • In emergency or event of injury to a team member
  • If any team member is injured or incapacitated – whether adult or young person – the team should:
    • 1) STOP and make themselves SAFE and/or get into shelter
    • 2) STAY TOGETHER – DO NOT SPLIT UP
    • 3) CALL FOR HELP Either 999 as necessary and then the Hike Co-ordinator or the District Commissioner
    • 4) KEEP WARM – Put on all available extra clothing, eat extra food, and put the injured person in a survival bag as appropriate
  • Minibuses
  • There should be more than one adult in the minibus at all times when carrying young people
  • All minibuses will carry and display a valid Section 19 Permit
  • All minibuses will carry a first aid kit, torch and High-viz vest for the driver
  • Minibus drivers should have valid DBS
  • Minibus drivers should be dressed appropriate to outdoor conditions at night 
  • Minibus fuel tanks should be more than 1/4 full at all times during the Colditz Night Exercise
  • Searching cars
  • All searching cars will carry and display to Scout teams, a numbered ID tag
  • The principle of “searching” is not to find Scouts but to motivate them to hide
  • To repeat: the searchers are not there to FIND the Scouts, they are there to provide an incentive to the Scouts to conceal themselves 
  • Searching cars will not stop during their searches except for usual purposes of traffic and safety – no silent running, turning off of headlamps or other “lurking” allowed…
  • Searching cars will not linger near check points 
  • Within 100m of check points all Scout teams are in “den” and safe from detection 
  • No searching to be done alone – pairs of adults only
  • All searching adults to have a valid DBS check
  • Searching persons should be dressed appropriate to outdoor conditions at night
  • Searching cars should carry a first aid kit, torch and High-viz vest for the driver and passenger