Fall 2015 CampLine

The 2015 Fall CampLine features the annual Camp Crisis Hotline review, information regarding individuals who identify as non-gender conforming,  and an article on the use of camp facilities and equipment by off-duty staff.

In this issue. . .

Debriefing after Critical Incidents at Camp

Camp is often associated with fun, friends, and nature. However, there are times at camp when very serious events occur that may take away from the fun campers and staff experience. Sometimes those events are so emotionally intense that an emotional debriefing is recommended. The purpose of this article is to identify aspects of incidents that may require debriefing in the camp situation, discuss differing approaches to debriefing individuals involved in the incident (i.e.

Anatomy of a Lawsuit


Running a quality operation is the best way to reduce the risk of injury or other loss that may lead to camper families or others taking legal action against a camp. And camps, as an industry, are not frequently named in litigation. Prudent camp operation and strong, sometimes multigeneration loyalties often produce an amicable resolution of issues or incidents that avoids litigation. Importantly, if a lawsuit is filed (and this is true of lawsuits generally), most suits result in settlement before a trial.

Utilizing the Civil Rights Law to Better Include Participants with Disabilities

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 2.8 million school-aged children with disabilities in the United States. Their functional limitations range from effected hearing and vision to diminished mobility and cognition. For children diagnosed with disabilities, participation in recreation and camp activities becomes paramount in positively contributing to physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Understanding a Camp’s Right to Search

Our topic is the search of a camper's or camp employee's belongings.

This is not a U.S. Constitution, Fourth Amendment search and seizure issue, or a 14th Amendment right to privacy issue as no governmental authority is addressed. We are dealing, rather, with a matter of private agreements and expectations among the camp, its families and employees.

Important Information Regarding Revisions to the ACA Standards

A key role of the American Camp Association's National Standards Commission (NSC) is to regularly review and update (as needed) the ACA standards.

Case Studies from the 2014 Crisis Hotline Annual Review

Each year, the Camp Crisis Hotline team identifies a select number of case studies for a more in-depth look, and to serve as examples for other camps to use in staff training and the development of their own risk management plans. It is our hope that by understanding the real crisis situations of other camps, your camp can learn and anticipate for the future.