From Bears to Bugs, to Getting Lost - and Found!
OTTAWA, June 23, 2014 /CNW/ - With this winter's Snowmageddon finally
behind us, summer is here and camping is a great way for families,
friends and the adventurous to get outdoors and enjoy the summer heat.
From hiking, to swimming, to sitting around the campfire, camping
should be enjoyed to the fullest.
Scouts Canada wants to make sure Canadians stay safe while experiencing the great
outdoors. Young or old, novice or experienced camper, Scouts Canada's
essential 10 summer camping tips will help ensure you get the most out
of your trip and stay safe this summer. Plus, keep these tips handy for
all your summer adventures - whether cottaging, hiking or hitting the
Many water-related accidents are preventable. Always wear a properly
sized and fitted life jacket when boating; know your abilities as a
swimmer and don't venture beyond your comfort level; use the buddy
system; be aware of currents and learn what to do if caught in one; and
always supervise children, even in very shallow water.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
With summer comes hot, hot heat! Sunburns can be incredibly painful and
very serious. Don't forget to wear hats, sunglasses and apply sunscreen
20-30 minutes before going out in the sun and reapply often; make sure
to use waterproof sunscreen if you plan to go in the water, but
remember it only lasts about 90 minutes when in water.
Keep Cool and Stay Hydrated
With summer heat, it's also extremely important to keep cool and
hydrated to avoid heat exhaustion or stroke. Drink plenty of water
throughout the day and pack extra water bottles in a cooler with lots
of ice to keep them cold. Find a shady place to rest if you are getting
too hot. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion; excessive thirst,
nausea, fainting, cool and clammy skin, weakness, muscle aches, heavy
sweating, slow heartbeat and dizziness.
Avoiding Bears and Other Wildlife
Food attracts a variety of critters, so raccoons, skunks and even bears
could make an appearance during your trip. Never store scented products
or food in your tent; instead, lock it in your car, put it in a
separate tent or string it up in a tree if you are camping in the bush.
Don't leave garbage out in the open, store food in airtight containers
and clean up immediately after eating - otherwise you may have some
Keeping perishable foods at the appropriate temperature is vital to
avoiding illness. Eat fresh foods first and pack them in a cooler using
plenty of ice to keep food from spoiling.
Build Campfires Responsibly
Check the official campground website beforehand to determine fire
regulations. Use a fire pit if one is available, never leave the fire
unattended and remember to fully extinguish it when you are done. If a
fire pit is not available, create one well away from tent walls,
plants, trees and other flammable objects.
Getting Lost - and Found!
Always tell someone where you are going. Have a set plan with a
pre-determined meeting place if you get separated. Packing a whistle,
cell phone and compass or GPS are always a good idea. Know what to do
when you get lost and you'll always be found. Adventuresmart.ca is a great resource for information on how to stay safe outdoors.
Protect Against Insects
Prime mosquito-biting hours are usually from dusk to dawn, but ticks are
out at all times, so become familiar with insect and tick repellent and
Prepare for the Weather
Check the weather forecast before you pack. Weather can be
unpredictable, so make sure to pack for a range of temperatures and
Bring the Right Gear
Plan in advance and bring only certified essentials — you don't want to
be lugging around unnecessary equipment or faulty gear. Don't forget to
pack: a pocketknife, first aid kit, extra clothing, water bottle,
flashlight, extra trail food and matches and fire starters.
Whether you're a first-time camper or experienced explorer, Scouts
Canada wants you to make this summer the best one yet. And remember to leave no trace that you were ever there so that the natural world will be there to
appreciate for many years to come.
Stay safe, alert and aware - happy camping!
SOURCE: Scouts Canada
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