Dos and Don’ts for Universities and Colleges Hosting Youth Summer Camps

Combine a small staff of teenaged or adult camp counselors with an energetic group of minors. Add swimming or canoeing, climbing over rocks, playing sports and games, and hiking along forest trails. What do you get? Lots of fun had by all, of course — unfortunately, not without a little risk.

Delta, Division, and a Diversity of Guidance: Navigating Uncertainty in the Age of COVID

Back in the summer of 2020, some camps embarked on an important yet uncertain adventure: They decided to operate during the heart of the pandemic.

At the time, there was much speculation in the press and in public discussion about how this adventure would end. And yet camps did what camps do. They developed innovative, multifaceted strategies to manage and minimize the threat of infection, including, but not limited to, the following:

Lessons Learned from ACA's Crisis Hotline in 2021

Part of the magic of camp is the unexpected. In most cases, the unexpected means spontaneous, unscripted moments of connection, growth, and renewal — but the unexpected can also mean uncertainty, or even a crisis or emergency. 

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Staff Training and Preparation – Updated

Staff are the front line in advancing the mission of the camp, protecting the camp, and, most importantly, protecting the campers from harm.

Contracts: Who Needs Them? Who Reads Them?

Each year, the ACA Insurance Committee holds a Roundtable with many of the camp industry insurers and brokers in conjunction with the American Camp Association National Conference. The 2018 Roundtable was great success on many levels. The enthusiasm and support from our camp insurers as risk champions of the camping industry was evident with their willingness to share and help shape a safer camp experience for everyone.

Final OSHA Rule Issued to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

Camps will need to adhere to a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule that will impact when and how they file their annual reports with OSHA. Please see below to learn why OSHA is taking this action, what the new rule requires, and how camps need to submit their OSHA reports. Also, please make sure you note the new OSHA filing dates for 2018 and for future years.

Droning On — Important Resources for the Use of Drones at Camp

Drones are a great tool for camps, both for use in programming and in collecting valuable footage of your property for use in a camp marketing video. Relatedly, some camps find themselves in the position of having to accommodate the wishes of parents to use drones to capture closing event festivities.

Regardless of the use, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind when using drones.