Gina Gestautas (NORTH@DRYCAS.BITNET)
Fri, 1 Jul 1994 15:23:00 EDT
Since the optimal answer is to observe youth protection guidelines
while doing your job as leader.. I think you could do one of several..
1. Follow what the leader from Great Britain said and designate one
of the tentmates to sleep, somehow blocking the path the child would
follow out so that he would wake the guard when leaving.
2. A simple solution you could use if the child is in a cabin or larger
room where you can't block them is to simply tie a wrist tether to
them and tie the other end to their sleep "buddy". You could have
the child choose their buddy in advance. I think this is a good
idea if you think the child would hurt themselves, because it wakes
up another camper and keeps them from wandering too far before they
alert someone else.
3. You could also use the above idea with a LONG tether if no one
is sleeping with the sleepwalker. The wrist tether could be tied
to another camper or leader in the adjoining tent.
4. One idea that does not involve tying the person up could be to
simply devise something that would alert other campers when the
person left their tent or sleeping bag. One idea is to set up a
long strong nylon cord with several bells or other loud items,
tie it to a nearby tree or tent pole and then tie a very easily broken
string (for safety) on the end. Take the easily broken string and
stretch it across the tent or cabin opening diagonally.. /
Hopefully if the person leaves the tent.. the string will be broken
and the other rope with the bells or whatever will swing freely and
alert other. AM sure if you thought about it.. you could devise some
way to alarm other that the sleepwalker is loose. (set off a horn,
make noise, whatever).
GIna Gestautas, Unit COmmissioner
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