Risk Management and Insurance: Vehicle Risks

Camp vehicle risks are among the scariest for camp owners, directors/risk managers, and insurance company underwriters because the risks to which camp vehicles are exposed are not entirely within your control. In addition, each camp is different. Some have a minimal transportation risk but others, especially day camps and resident camps with trip programs, have significant transportation risk.

How the Camp Crisis Hotline Can Help You

Sometimes, despite best efforts to be prepared in case of emergencies and expect the unexpected, crises occur.

For just over thirty years, the American Camp Association (ACA) has been helping camps in crisis with a year-round, 24-hours-a-day confidential camp crisis hotline. The purpose of the hotline is to support camps who want help in a crisis. The hotline is not a medical, insurance, or legal advice hotline, but it does serve as an “ear” to help talk through a crisis. The hotline staff help camps think through issues and questions, and identify resources that may assist.

Communication from Off-Property

Risk management decisions are made days, weeks, and months in advance. This adage is especially true when making communication plans for when your campers leave camp property. Reliable communication away from camp is dependent on plans that are thoughtfully considered well in advance. This article will cover a host of planning considerations essential to effective and reliable communication when your campers are on adventures away from your main camp property.

Strategies for a Healthy Camp: Are You Prepared?

With the summer season looming, camp professionals are focused on hiring staff, recruiting campers, and implementing changes for the 2017 season. But have you also implemented strategies that undergird the health of campers and staff? To provide you with key strategies that support a proactive health stance for your camp program, detailed here is wisdom as well as emerging ideas from ten years of the Healthy Camps Initiative. Have you implemented them?

Crisis Management

Merriam Webster dictionary defines a crisis as "an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending; especially: one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome <a financial crisis>".

Don't Let Your Camp Go to Pot: Impacts and Policy Challenges of Legalized Marijuana on Youth Camps

Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in seven states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) and Washington, DC. It is still a federal offense to possess, transport, grow, or sell marijuana. Extension faculty who work with 4-H Youth Development programs are funded under the United States Department of Agriculture, and it is not legal for faculty or staff to advocate or provide education that would support the cultivation, distribution, or use of marijuana.

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