The last committee meeting saw the standard meeting, followed by a sort of workshop, or think tank session, where we nutted out a number of ideas, some of which have been floating around in the club for some time. The day was a great success, and we will have some more of these later in the year.
One of the things to come out of the day, was the introduction of a points system. Each year, we have the trip leader of the year, as well as the clubby of the year. We are also going to start implementing some other items, such as report writer of the year and photographer of the year. So get your thinking caps on, get those photos snapping, and get them into the magazine.
We will also be looking a little more closely at our trip ratings, as well as the club’s duty of care to it’s members. Changing times mean risky activities require more care in planning and presenting. We will be implementing some simple risk assessment guidelines, and follow up reporting. None of this is designed to be onerous paperwork, or reduce what we do as a club, it just aids to ensure we conduct our trips in the safest possible manner, whilst still ensuring we get out there and do what we all enjoy doing. Once all this is completed, we will be consolidating it into a trip leaders course, where we take all the great ideas that our trip leaders past and present have, and provide an informative session for current and future trip leaders.
Hopefully this will encourage more people to take on trip leading, and the quality of our trips will keep to a high standard. So for those travelling on the Christmas break, stay safe, remember the fatal 5 whilst travelling, and have an enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and New Year.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” - Rachel Carson
Keep the shiny side up!