Resource Library

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.

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

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Understanding a Camp’s Right to Search
Published Date: 2014-10-06

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.

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Anatomy of a Lawsuit
Published Date: 2013-01-07

Introduction

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.

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PROPOSED Child Protection Improvement Act — Update

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Each year, millions of children apply to attend summer camp. Parents seek out educational and fun camp opportunities that will help their children grow in a variety of ways. In an effort to provide a high-quality, safe experience, camps ask parents to complete an array of information, including demographics, diet and nutrition information, social functioning, medical concerns, medications in use, and many other items depending the camp focus and structure.

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Notes from the 2013 Insurance Roundtable
Published Date: 2013-05-01

Each year during the ACA national conference, the National Insurance Committee hosts a roundtable discussion with our insurance business partners and other insurers of camps. At the roundtable, trends in the insurance industry that may impact camp operations, what types of claims were filed the year before, and risk management issues are discussed. This year’s roundtable discussion, as the ones in the past, has proven to be an excellent source for risk management issues we as camp professionals cannot afford to ignore.

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Hotline Phone Number: 800-573-9019

“Hello. We have a young female camper who has been ill and just revealed to our nurse that two days before she came to camp she had an abortion without her parents’ knowledge. She is so ill that she needs more medical help than our staff can provide. When we call the parents to talk about getting her more care, what do we tell them? Do we have to tell them about the abortion or do we have to keep confidential what we know about the abortion?”

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Accreditation Standards: By the Numbers!
Published Date: 2013-10-01

Once again, it was a busy summer of accreditation visits for camps hoping to gain ACA accreditation and those wanting to maintain their current accreditation status. Below is an initial overview of summer 2013.

Number of camps visited: 835

Most Missed Mandatory Standards (and % of camps that scored “no”)

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While the American Camp Association (ACA) continues to advocate for programs that get more children involved in camp programs, we are frustrated that as a nation, we have made very little progress in advancing environmental and outdoor education. We have been very active in advocating for the No Child Left Inside Act (www.ACAcamps.org/publicpolicy/NCLI), however, with the stalemate in Congress, we’ve had to seek out other avenues to advance the environmental literacy of all Americans — most especially our young people.

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