Emergency Procedure – hikes

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Emergency Procedure for Incidents on Scout Hikes for the “Contact” Person

The “Contact”, is the person who is named on the Western Cape Region hiking permit, who is not
on the hike and who is aware of the details of the route being undertaken by the Scouts.
The only emergency procedure to be used for any incident on all Scout hikes – be it an overdue
party (over 2 hours late with no sign of the party), injured person, help required to evacuate a
hiking party or any other problem – is as follows:
The Regional Hike Advisor must be contacted immediately by the “Contact” person. You may text
using SMS or WhatsApp or make a direct phone call depending on network availability.
The contact details, and deputies (in order of priority should the Regional Hike Advisor be
unavailable) are as follows:
1. Regional Hike Advisor – Kuba Miszewski – 021 864 1191 (H) or 082 080 7258 (Cell).
2. RTC – Scout Programme – Nigel Forshaw – 021 713 1535 (H) or 082 991 0720 (Cell).
3. Chair – National Scout Programme – Nimmy Abrahams – 021 705 4852 (H) or
082 929 8496 (Cell).
4. Troop Scouter – David Knight – 076 083 5632 (Cell).
They will then advise you as to what you should do. Have all the information pertaining to the
hike ready, with regard to routes, leader, number in the party, ages of those in the hiking party,
etc. If you get through to Kuba’s voice mail, please ensure that you leave all your contact
details, before contacting the next advisor. Kuba may be busy with another callout at the time
you phone, and will get back to you as soon as possible. All the numbers are available 24 hours
per day.
Detailed information about the incident should be provided as soon as possible to the Regional
Commissioner and RTC Scout Programme.
Under no circumstances should Parents, Scouts or Scouters:
 Organise or initiate any rescues or searches without permission from the Regional Hike
Advisor. If there are any costs incurred by such action, you may be personally and
financially liable.
 Report incidents to the Police, Metro, etc.
 Make statements to the press or other media.
After discussing and executing instructions from the Regional Hike Advisor, it is courteous to
inform your District Commissioner and Scout Group Leader.
Following all emergency procedures a debriefing meeting with the hiking party and Scouter will be
arranged as a matter of course. This will be co-ordinated by the Regional Hike Advisor to ensure
that any inadequacies in procedures or problems can be addressed for the future safety of
Scouts.
February 2018