How Indiahikes makes Overnight Camping safe for children

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How Indiahikes makes Overnight Camping safe for children

Category Experiential Learning

By Janusa Sangma

2023-09-27

Spending a night under the open sky is a fantastic way to spark children’s curiosity about the natural world. Indiahikes recognises that parents may have concerns about safety in the outdoors. In this article, we answer all the questions you may have about overnight camping. 

But first, here are a few fundamentals about overnight camping with us.

Essential information about Overnight Camping with Indiahikes

We organise treks that are safe and accessible

Our trek locations offer the best of both worlds – far enough from the city for an escape yet still accessible to ensure connectivity and safety.

Anyone with reasonable fitness levels can do the trek. The trail is clearly marked and easy to follow, reducing the likelihood of accidents. This makes overnight camping an ideal choice for everyone, including children ages 8 and above.

We select treks that anyone can do. Overnight camping is ideal for children ages 8 and above. | Photo credits: Jothiranjan

Our trek leaders are highly qualified and experienced 

Leading each group are highly experienced trek leaders who know the trails inside out - from the terrain to lesser-known anecdotes about native flora and fauna. 

Our trek leaders are trained in mountaineering and have undergone the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course and Basic Life Support (BLS) training. From Himalayan expeditions to easy day hikes, they guide every trek with equal care and enthusiasm. 

Most importantly, they are excellent with children and passionate about instilling in them a love for the outdoors. 

We carry safety equipment to address any kind of contingency

In situations where the trail becomes slippery due to rain, our trek leaders are equipped to fix ropes on certain sections to enhance safety while descending. While we've been fortunate never to need ropes, we always have them on hand just in case.

Our team members carry walkie-talkies to stay connected. Whether it's the trek leader at the front or the sweeper at the back, everyone stays informed about what's happening.

The team carries a well-stocked medical kit that includes supplies for treating cuts, bruises, sprains, or insect bites. 

From bad weather to medical emergencies, we anticipate any challenge that could arise and carry the necessary equipment. | Photo credits: Yukti Vadnerkar

Safety comes above all else at Indiahikes. We are India's safest trekking organisation, with a track record of guiding over 20,000 trekkers annually. | Photo credits: Izzat Yaganagi

Frequently asked questions on safety 

Many parents reach out to us with similar questions about children’s safety while overnight camping. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

What if my child is injured or has a medical emergency on the trek?

We take extra precautions and tread cautiously, particularly in sections with narrow paths. In case of a more serious sprain or ankle twist, the team is trained to tend to the injury and safely bring children back to the base. 

Minor falls and scrapes can happen anytime, even outside of trekking. Children are much tougher than we give them credit for!

How safe is the campsite?

Indiahikes has a dedicated campsite in our Southern Campus - a secure and well-organised spot guaranteeing all trekkers a safe and comfortable experience. Children stay two or three in a tent at the campsite. Boys and girls have separate tents. 

Additionally, our team members’ tents are nearby. They conduct thorough head counts and check in with the children before bedtime and during the night.

Children learn camping essentials such as pitching tents and tent etiquette. | Photo credits: Indiahikes archive

What if my child needs to go to the toilet in the middle of the night? 

We assign toilet buddies to ensure nobody wanders off alone in the dark. Plus, our team members are always on hand to accompany children to the toilet. We recommend strongly that parents pack headlamps for children.

What happens in case of rain or bad weather?

We monitor weather conditions a day before and during the trek. In case of bad weather, the team will always make the best call under the circumstances with safety as a priority. 

Our tents are waterproof and we insist on children bringing rain gear to wear on the trek and while walking around the campsite.

Having said that, trekking in the rain is not a risk but an unforgettable experience worth having. Unless it is a torrential downpour or poses a safety hazard, we continue the trek. 

What about bugs, insects, and snakes on the trek?

We encourage children to act from a place of care and caution, rather than fear or paranoia. Our team engages children in discussions about insects, bugs, and reptiles in the area. Trek leaders provide information on what to watch for and areas to avoid to encourage peaceful coexistence. 

To ensure that no child wanders off alone, we have a well-structured buddy system in place. Additionally, our team members are ever-vigilant, constantly around to offer guidance and supervision.

My child is scared of the dark. Will they be ok at night?

Our goal is to introduce children to nighttime and demonstrate the beauty it holds. We take a gradual approach to help kids become more comfortable with the dark. They have the opportunity to sit outside as the sun sets, observing the gentle shift from day to night. 

We organise special activities like star gazing, storytelling, or even a short night walk that greatly reduces the fear of the dark. As long as the fear isn’t debilitating, our team can help ease children into it. 

During overnight camping, children learn to view the night through a lens of appreciation instead of fear. They begin to realise that the night contains beauty and serenity of a different kind compared to daylight. | Photo credits: Atinderpal Singh

Stories on history, flora, and fauna come alive as children walk on the trail | Photo credits: Jothiranjan

For children, overnight camping is more than an adventure. Some benefits are profound and hard to measure. The growth in confidence from learning new skills and taking responsibility for yourself and others. The resilience that comes from failure but learning to try again. 

Indiahikes is committed to making camping an enjoyable and worry-free experience. You can have peace of mind knowing your child is in safe hands, allowing them to explore, learn, and create wonderful memories with confidence.

Janusa Sangma

Content Writer

About the author

Janusa is most at home exploring a faraway mountain trail. She follows the music wherever it may lead, guided by her ever-constant anchors – a love for writing, the mountains, wildlife, and grassroots work in the social sector.

She enjoys writing for organisations and individuals creating meaningful impact.

Before taking up writing as a full-time profession, she worked with corporates, non-profits, social enterprises, education companies, and PR organisations.

When she's not bent over a computer or buried in a Word Document, you will find her befriending a dog (any dog), swimming, or running for the hills.

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