Outings Management Committee Proposals
Example Text - Cell Phones
Please note this proposal was addressed in the December 2008 meeting. This information is presented here as an example only. The approved text has been integrated into the Rules of Conduct.
It has become apparent that having cell phones available during an outing, even an urban conditioning hike, can be a valuable safety measure in the event of an emergency. Moreover, as a result of the Mountaineering Review Task Force findings by OAGC in 2006-2007, OAGC has recommended carrying cell phones (satellite phones for remote outings, if available) on outings.
In the past the Safety Committee explicitly discouraged carrying personal communications devices on outings. Based on the above, is time for us to change this stance and explicitly encourage carrying cell phones. Further background will be provided in the Dec 1 OMC meeting.
Existing Paragraph in Website Rules of Conduct (also on p. 18 of Schedule #309):
"Firearms are prohibited. Animals are prohibited unless a specific announcement that animals will be allowed is included in the trip write-up. Radios such as "walkman", or similar entertainment devices are prohibited on outings. Radios necessary for navigation and GPS receivers are permitted. The leader and the sponsoring entity may regulate the use of electronic communication devices."
Recommended Replacement Paragraph:
"Leaders and participants are encouraged to carry cell phones on all outings. The leaders have the authority to manage all communications in the event of an emergency. Firearms are prohibited. Animals are prohibited unless a specific announcement that animals will be allowed is included in the trip write-up. Use of personal entertainment devices such as radios or music players is prohibited on trail but they may be used while camping or in similar situations at the discretion of the leader. While the leaders or sponsoring entity can regulate the use of electronic devices during an outing, they may not prohibit carrying navigation devices (GPS receivers), communications equipment or devices required by a participant's medical condition."
Phil Wheeler, Safety Chair