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Guardian Guideline Checklist & Agreement Parents should accompany youth under the age of 18. Ascend may consider some exceptional circumstances with a guardian other than a parent; for example, a well-trained, well-disciplined youth group with parental or teacher support where the adult to youth ratio is a minimum of 1 adult to 5 youth. Supervising adults must be at least 25 years of age, mature, understand the seriousness of their responsibility, and cannot be the expedition leader. All guardian relationships must be approved by Ascend, including appropriate signed guardian documents and interviews. The following is a list of recommended questions for the minor to be asked in the presence of both the parent(s), in order to gain a better understanding of the minor and his/her needs. 1.

Why are you interested in going on this expedition?

2.

What are you hoping to get out of the expedition?

3.

What is the reason you are not going as a family?

4.

How is your health and fitness?

5.

Are there any special needs that you cannot manage under your own power that I should be aware of as your temporary guardian?

6.

Are you currently on any medication? Please describle. Any others?

7.

Have you ever been convicted of a crime (equivalent of a misdemeanor or higher?

The following is a list of recommended questions for the minor to be asked in the presence of the minor only, in confidentiality, in order to gain a better understanding of the level of care needed for the minor. 1.

Do you have any concerns about the upcoming expedition?

2.

What are your strenghts and weaknesses?

3.

Have you been, or are you currently a user of any illegal subtances (including alcohol) or prescriptions that have not been prescribed to you by a doctor?

4.

Would you feel comfortable having me be assigned as your guardian?

The following is a list of recommended questions for the minor’s parents to be asked in the presence of the parents only, in confidentiality, in order to gain a better understanding of the level of care needed for the minor. 1.

What do you want your child to get our of this experience?

2.

What are the concerns that you have for your child?

3.

What are the stengths and weaknesses of your child?

4.

Does your child currently have, or has he/she previously had a problem with substance abuse?

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