Reimagining Aquatics in Camp During Changing Times

With so many camps either not opening, or providing modified programs, the camp community has the opportunity to reimagine how their waterfront or pool can be utilized this summer, beyond traditional camp programs. From programs that are operating, we will share a few best practices that are working with respect to teaching swim lessons and guarding our aquatics spaces. For programs not operating their traditional program – what CAN your camp do instead? Is your camp pivoting to family camp? Is there an opportunity to provide boating instruction or recreation for the local community? Can your camp play a bigger role in drowning prevention beyond teaching swim lessons to campers? Join us as we consider what opportunities may lie ahead for camp.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learners will understand the impact COVID-19 is having on the camp movement this summer – specifically with respect to aquatics programs  
  • Learners will gain information regarding new aquatic programming ideas camps can implement this summer
  • Learners will brainstorm ideas on how to utilize aquatic programming in a new way this summer

Presenter Bios:

Tonya Roy | Chief Consulting Officer – Tonya Roy is the Chief Consulting Officer for The Redwoods Group leading the Consulting Team in our work with youth-serving organizations. Joining Redwoods in 2008, she has served as a Risk Consultant and later Regional Consulting Director for youth-serving organizations across the country, mainly in the Northeast, West, and Florida. She earned her Certified Risk Manager designation in 2012. Prior to joining Redwoods, she was employed for 16 years with The YMCA of the Triangle Area, NC, in a variety of leadership roles, including Executive Director and Associate Executive Director of Aquatics, Membership, Fitness; and Associate Executive of Youth Programs.

Gareth Hedges, Founder, H2O Safety Consulting – Gareth advises aquatic facilities nationwide, including YMCAs, camps, municipalities, and water parks. Gareth has trained thousands of aquatics professionals and has presented at safety conferences nationally and internationally.  Prior to founding H2O Safety, Gareth served as President of The Redwoods Group, a mission-driven insurance company focused on child safety. In his 16 years with Redwoods, Gareth has served as Chief Claims Officer, General Counsel, Director of Consulting, and as a Risk Management Specialist in Aquatic and Child Safety. Gareth currently serves as the Chair for the Darkness to Light Board of Directors and is a member of the Board for Habitat for Humanity of Durham. Gareth received a BS in Public Policy from Georgia Tech in 2003, and a JD from Albany Law School in 2009. He is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and New York.

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Tonya Roy and Gareth Hedges