Health and Safety: Preventing Injuries and Illnesses

This course (comprised of four modules) highlights preventative behaviors and practices critical for directors, programmers, health care providers, and front-line staff in camps. These modules target prevention strategies that camps can use to reduce the likelihood of camper and staff injuries and illness.  You will learn to (1) minimize the spread of communicable diseases, (2) reduce slips and falls, (3) increase the use of protective equipment, and (4) improve knife-handling techniques.

These courses are based on results from ACA’s Healthy Camp Study funded by the Markel Insurance Company.

OUCH: Protective Equipment, What All Staff Should Know (Dr. Edward Walton and Mary Marugg)
This course will help camps reduce the number and severity of injuries that occur due to non-use of appropriate protective equipment. This course is will teach camp directors and staff strategies for increasing compliance with the use of protective equipment essential in many camp activities.

No Outbreaks Here: Simple Strategies for Reducing the Spread of Communicable Diseases at Camp (Linda Erceg, RN, MS, PHN and DD Gass)
Did you know that campers are twice as likely to become ill at camp as they are to get injured?  You owe it to your campers and staff to stop the spread of germs! This course teaches camp professionals how to reduce the spread of communicable diseases like the common cold. In the end, you'll have a healthier camp community. Specific activities that camp directors can include in staff orientation and training are included in the course.

Footloose: Minimizing Slips and Falls at Camp (Dr. Edward Walton and Mary Marugg)
When you think about injury prevention, do you think about the terrain at your camp and the types of shoes your campers and staff are wearing? If not, then you should think again. Educating your campers and staff about appropriate footwear, supported by policies and procedures, is an important way that you can reduce slips and falls at your camp while also minimizing the likelihood of foot, ankle, and toe injuries. This course teaches camp directors and staff about choosing proper footwear for camp activities- a must for all camps.

Knife Safety: Reducing Sharp Object Injuries at Camp (Dr. Edward Walton and Mary Marugg)
One of the most common causes of staff injuries in camps is self-inflicted knife injuries to the hand or finger. But knives and other sharp objects are a part of camp, with important uses in food service, arts and crafts, camp maintenance, and other areas. This course is designed to teach camp staff how to properly use and store knives to reduce the likelihood of a hand or finger injury. Want to reduce "lost-time" incidents in your camp, then this course can help.   

Course Length (all four courses): 1 hour 15 minutes


American Camp Association


THREE Purchase Options

1) Purchase single person access

Price: $30 member; $70 nonmember

2) Purchase access for multiple persons (up to 50*)

Price: $55 member; $90 nonmember

*Additional learners will be $6 per person member; $33 nonmember.  Please contact ACA to place your order for more than 50 learners 800-428-2267 ext. 305

3)  FREE to Markel Insurance Company customers. Find this course in the red box on the right hand side of their landing page and login.

Please note the following for subscription access:

  • You will be required to supply enrollment information for each learner
  • The cost of the course allows up to 50 members of your staff to take the course until December 31 of the current year, unless you purchase additional learners. After that time, you/your camp will need to purchase the course again for the following year.
  • Your staff may complete the program at their convenience.