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Saving Lives Through Education


CAMRA is committed to public education of Outdoor Safety. We firmly believe that education is the key to preventing unfortunate situations, including possible injury or death in the wilderness. CAMRA members are available to speak and/or participate at your function. For further information, please send us an e-mail. Although donations are welcome, we do not require it as part of our community education program.


The Twelve Essentials

When visiting the backcountry, make sure you and your group are carrying the 12 essentials:

  • Navigation (map and compass)

  • Sun Protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)

  • Insulation (extra clothing)

  • Illumination (headlamp or flashlight)

  • First-aid supplies

  • Fire (matches/lighter and firestarter)

  • Repair kit and tools (including knife)

  • Nutrition (extra food)

  • Hydration (extra water)

  • Emergency Shelter (min. 2 large trash bags)

  • Signaling (whistle, cell phone)

  • Personal (glasses, prescriptions)

Anchor: Tips

Plan Ahead, Stay Safe and Live Longer!

Surviving an accident starts well before the accident occurs. When you enter the backcountry it's important to let someone know where you are going and when you will be returning. We can't help you if we don't know where you are or when you were supposed to return.


Here are some tips to help you stay alive:


  • Plan your route

  • Leave a completed copy of this form with a responsible person and in your vehicle

  • Let someone know when you expect to return

  • Stick to your game plan

  • ALWAYS bring your 12 essentials (even a 1-hour trip could turn into a 12-hour rescue)

  • Try not to enter the backcountry alone

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