If you’ve remembered the Scout motto — “Be Prepared” — you won’t be too alarmed when your phone blares a severe weather alert during a Scout outing. Savvy Scouters plan for the possibility of bad weather, knowing tornadoes, lightning, hail, flash flooding and heavy rain can happen at any time.
When the forecast looks particularly daunting, the safest course is to stay home. Other times, you’ll need to prepare for the types of weather hazards associated with your destination. Even extremely cold or hot weather, while not always a reason to cancel a trip, requires special planning.
Before your next outing, take the BSA’s free online Hazardous Weather Training, available through the BSA Learn Center at my.scouting.org. The course teaches the essentials and should be renewed every two years.
Then take our quiz to test what you know.
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