Troop 162 Bug Out Plan
This is a plan which we will use in the event we have to do “if” weather or medical situation demands us to cut the campout short, seek shelter, or stay longer (we had ice cover the cars and road in campout we had several years ago. Thinking that may happen, we had enough food to wait out the ice storm then travel safely home after the road cleared).
Plan has to be flexible enough to deal with the situation, but on the same note, everyone should be aware of what the campout adults may do to keep our scouts safe.
The term “bug out” is from the old tv series “M*A*S*H” where the medical facility is set up to move to a safe place on short notice
First consideration - communicating. Get word back to parents on what situation the campers are faced with. Weather, medical, vehicle break down, or a very sick scout would be the top items which would happen.
In some situations, cell phone voice service may not be available in which case, the “texting” may be available to the sender and reach the recipient when the recipient gets service.
Second consideration - transport or "shelter in place".
- If not enough transportation is available to move the scouts, options that may be considered.
1) Leave troop gear behind to make room to move the campers to a safer location.
2) Shelter "in place" may be just staying inside the cars. On one of our Camporees, the wind blew down most of the tents so spending the balance of the night was in cars. It was too dangerous to pack up and drive home at 2 am.
3) Shelter "in place" at one camporee was in the latrine. On one afternoon, that was a safer location since the high winds were blowing over the tents and rocking the cars. Latrine was a brick building.
Third consideration - advance information on bad weather. Someone not on the campout should be watching the weather / radar in the area that the scouts will be camping. If a nasty storm pops up, the non camping person could give one of the camping adults a quick text or cell phone call so we will be aware of the situation.
We own one "Lightning Detector" which can hear lightning up to 40 miles away. Not all storms have lightning so the detector may not warn us of upcoming storms. It works if someone remembers to bring it and turn it on and the storm has lightning.
The "lightning detectors" are simple in concept. It is an AM Radio which listens for "static" generated by a lightning strike, and calculates how strong the "static" is. It calculates how close the lightning strike is. Cost is reasonable and I think it is worth it. False reading may be from a nearby air conditioner which has just "kicked on".
Forth consideration - emergency supplies. Be prepared. Bring emergency stuff with us. Boy Scout Moto - Be Prepared.
I am a Ham Radio Operator (KG4RKL). I have portable radio equipment which can reach out if cell service is not available. I also carry several FRS/GMRS "walkie talkie" radios.
I also have stored in my van - freeze dried food, canned food, water, 2 stoves and fuel, extra matches, extra chef set, a spare tent, and blankets for such emergencies that may occur on weekend campouts.