Safety and Risk Management
The ability to keep your participants and yourself safe is another incredibly valuable skill. If you looked at my plan for our spring break trip to the Appalachian Trail you'll have seen that I included information for local police departments and hospitals. I also had the most recent version of the northbound guide book in a side pocket of my pack which included information about all the side trails, shelters, and local accommodations along and nearby the trail. But beyond creating a plan in case something did happen, I made sure to have meetings with my team multiple times to answer any questions and quell any fears before we left, and to make sure everyone had sufficient gear to prevent discomfort or injury. Preparation and prevention were my main modes of function in the days leading up to the trip, and I believe that those are the best ways to manage risk and keep people safe. Professionally, it is always important to function with best-practice risk management, even if it can be annoying to experienced participants. I would not want to be caught in a case of an injured participant due to my negligence. Feeling knowledgable about the safety and risk management required in an activity is also the quickest way for me to decide if I am or am not qualified to be in a leadership position, and is generally on the forefront of my mind when I am playing outside.