Many Coloradans donít wear helmets for outdoor activities, but awareness is changing. Especially when skiing. Always ask for a helmet and support the move
for safer fun in the sun.
Wildlife awareness is important in Colorado. With bears, mountain lions and snakes, you need to inform yourself of what to do in the event of an encounter before you go. The Rocky Mountain National Park has excellent guidelines
. Do not let your children wander too far ahead of you, so that you can keep a close eye.
Temperatures can plummet in Colorado, so always carry a sensible layer or two. Hypothermia can be life threatening and happen at any time of year.
Lightning storms are common in Colorado, and usually take place on summer afternoons. So best to hike early if you are going high, so that you are descending by the afternoon. If lightning does occur, get below the treeline and stay away from summits or isolated trees. Stay as low as you can.
When skiing, make sure you and the kids read the National Ski Patrol Responsibility Code
, as this helps prevent many accidents. Make a meeting place if you get separated and try and stay in communication using walkie talkies.
When hiking teach them how to be scouts again. Be prepared, with maps, compass, rain gear, pocketknife, matches and a whistle. And always tell someone where you are going.