Be prepared with the scouts
I am talking about scout and guide leaders, who have run outdoor-based educational programmes for nearly 100 years and whose activities private companies have shamelessly copied.
Many schools have already seen the advantages of using scouting and guiding facilities. In my three summers as a mature student, I worked at scout camps that played host to thousands of children - and I cannot personally recall a single accident occuring. I therefore suggest that teachers look more closely at their local scouting and guiding facilities when planning residentials. Furthermore, if they need training in the logistics of running such trips (such as cooking, accommodation and transport), they should perhaps consider employing an experienced local scout or guide leader as a consultant.
Shaun K Joynson
London School of Economics