Preventing Fatal Incidents in School and Youth Group Camps and Excursions

Understanding the Unthinkable

  • Andrew Brookes

About this book


This book approaches the prevention of fatal incidents in outdoor education and related fields through detailed study of past tragedies. Although safety in many fields is built on accumulated lessons from past incidents, tragedies on school or youth group camps and excursions are so infrequent and so widely scattered that knowledge from previous incidents can elude those who would benefit. Nevertheless, the emergence of unlearned lessons from the past weighs heavily when those affected by a tragedy judge whether an incident should have been prevented. This book provides a foundation for a detailed and comprehensive understanding of fatality prevention in outdoor education, and in youth camps and excursions. It compiles, examines, and analyses information on fatal incidents that have occurred over many decades, involving many kinds of groups and endeavours, from around the globe. No previous work has attempted this task.


Environmental hazards Fatality prevention Field trips Outdoor education Outdoor excursions Program safety School excursions Troubled teen programs Youth camps safety standards case-based knowledge preventable deaths strict aversion

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew Brookes
    • 1
  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityBendigoAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-89880-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-89882-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-4218
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-4226
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