Training and skill development is important to the success of a Troop based high adventure program.
Adult Advisor and Youth Crew Chief Training –
All trip leaders should take advantage of online courses offered by the BSA.
Youth protection and Weather Hazards is a good idea for any trip as well as activity-specific courses: Trek Safely, Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat and Climb on Safely.
The online training is only available to registered adult leaders the information can be shared with youth leadership and crew members. I wish the online training modules were available as PowerPoint presentations or something similar. Here are links to some online resources;
Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat from Guide to Safe Scouting
Weather Smart resources (not the course)
Scouting Safely resources on one page.
Read this discussion of Wilderness First Aid Training. Currently required for Philmont crews I’ll bet it will be required for any Scout activity conducted where emergency response is several hours away.
Any training for Crew Leaders should at least be reviewed with Crew members. Several sessions should be planned leading up to the outing to familiarize everyone with what they must do to prepare themselves and their gear for the trip. If it is possible a ‘shakedown’ outing will help Crew members and leadership alike to work with their gear and with each other.