RISK ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND CONSENT FORM
(Liability Limitations, Restrictions and Responsibilities, Risk Acknowledgement, Code of Conduct Acknowledgement, Media Release)
The adventure and recreational program facilities (Facilities) offered by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve (The Summit) are designed to provide intense high adventure opportunities for participants. While safety is of paramount concern in the Scouting program including at The Summit, there are risks in adventure and recreational activities which cannot be eliminated. Participants in the Adventure and recreational programs. therefore. must understand and acknowledge those risks and their responsibilities as participants.
West Virginia law requires participants in adventure and recreational activities to follow all instructions and participate only in activities within their capabilities. Participants also assume the risk of injury or death which results from their participation Persons desiring to use any of the Facilities at The Summit, and for persons under 18 a parent or guardian, must sign this written acknowledgement of the provisions of West Virginia law prior to using the Facilities. Scout participants. leaders and staff. and the parent or guardian of those under 18. must sign and return this acknowledgement no later than the date indicated in the program and registration materials. They will not be admitted to the site without a properly completed acknowledgement on file. Visitors and guests using any Facilities must also sign this acknowledgement, and if under 18 have it signed by a parent or guardian. prior to being allowed to use any Facilities.
In accordance with West Virginia law, this acknowledgement summarizes the potentially dangerous elements of the Facilities as well as the liability limitations, restrictions and responsibilities pertaining to participants. Some Facilities have height and/or weight limitations which prohibit those who do not meet the limitations from participating. Some of the Facilities are not be suitable for small children. Some or all of the Facilities may be unsuitable for those with heart, orthopedic or other medical conditions which could increase the risk of death or injury. Some of the Facilities require advanced skill levels and should be used only if the participant has the knowledge and experience to use them. Staff members are available to answer questions about the activity. but it is the responsibility of individual seeking to use the Facilities to determine whether they are capable of safely participating in the activity.
Equipment is provided at the Facilities and must be properly used and personal protective equipment fitted and worn at all times. Loose fitting clothing and personal articles which could become entangled in Facilities should be removed or stored prior to the activity. Participants are responsible for knowing and not exceeding their personal limitations in terms of body strength, personal ability or knowledge of the activity. Participants engaged in instructional activities with other participants may be at risk if other participants fail to follow instructions, misjudge their capabilities or lose control of equipment. Unsafe behavior, horseplay and other prohibited conduct is forbidden while using any Facilities.
Mountain Biking and BMX - courses have a wide variety of terrain. Some of the courses are narrow, winding and incorporate natural and man-made features to add to the experience. Weather conditions can make the courses slippery making control more difficult. The risks of using these Facilities include the possibility of serious injury or death from falling off the bike, hitting obstacles on or near the course. colliding with or being struck by other bikes or persons, and loss of control. Maneuvers must be approved by the activity staff before being attempted.
Zip Line and Canopy Tours - require special harness and fall protection equipment which must be properly fitted. Participants must attend "ground school" training and follow instructions. Injury. including serious injury. to hands, legs and feet can result from improper braking or landing. Spinal or head injury due to shock loading can also result from improper braking or landing.
Climbing and Challenge Courses - require special harness and fall protection equipment which must be properly fitted. Serious injury or death can result from falling. entanglement in ropes or equipment or loss of control. Participants engaged in instructional activities with other participants may also be at risk if other participant fails to follow instructions or loses control.
Skate Boarding - facilities require skill and ability, especially before attempting maneuvers. Maneuvers must be approved by the activity staff before being attempted. Serious injury or death may result from falls. including injury to the head. extremities. neck and spine.
Whitewater Activities - some whitewater activities are conducted on the New River by BSA staff and leaders. Personal flotation devices must be worn and secured at all times. Water activities can result in injuries or drowning due to loss of control. fatigue. hidden and natural hazards or being struck by out of control equipment. Whitewater rafting is provided by contract vendors who are licensed by the State of West Virginia. Those vendors will provide transportation. training. equipment and supervision. Scout leaders accompanying whitewater raft trips are not responsible for the training or supervision of Scouts on those trips. A separate warning and release form provided by the vendors must be signed by participants, and a parent or guardian for those under 18. and produced at the time of trip departure.
Firearms and Archery - Facilities include shotgun, rifle. pistol. crossbows, bow and arrow, chalk balls and other projectile challenges. Hearing protection is required when using firearms to avoid damage to hearing. Firearms must also be handled as loaded and must always be pointed down range. Only range personnel can clear firearms from misfires. Loaded bows must always be pointed down range. Serious injury or death can result from the mishandling of firearms or archery equipment.
Aquatic Adventures - including standup paddle boarding, "Dragon Boats". kayaks, scuba diving and other aquatic facilities require flotation devices to be properly fitted and worn where required. Water activities can result in injuries or drowning due to loss of control. fatigue. hidden or natural hazards or being struck by out of control equipment.
Hiking and Trek Experience to Garden Ground (the Summit of The Summit) - requires a vertical ascent of about 1,000 feet over several miles of improved trail. The trail is strenuous and requires participants to consume additional water to avoid dehydration There are natural hazards along the trail and on Garden Ground which can be harmful if not avoided. including holes and uneven ground, ditches, poisonous plants and snakes, ticks and flying insects. Injury can result from a loss of footing or falling off trails or other elevated or inclined areas,
All-Terrain Vehicle (ATVs) - Activities are conducted on closed courses and participants must first take safety training. Protective equipment must be worn at all times. When improperly operated ATVs can roll-over. suffer unexpected mechanical failure and hit other objects resulting in serious injury or death.