Managing Camp in Regions with High Community Infections

This is an opportunity for camp professionals to connect with experts at Environmental Health & Engineering regarding considerations for operating camp in areas experiencing high, community infection rates. Safety protocols will be reviewed and camp professionals should bring their questions.

Presenter Bios

David Shore — Senior Scientist, Market Executive — Healthcare 
Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc.

No Outbreaks Here! Simple Strategies for Reducing the Spread of Communicable Disease at Camp

The emergence of COVID-19 highlights the importance of preventative behaviors and practices to reduce the spread and impact of communicable diseases in camp. This short course is rooted in lessons learned from the ACA Health Camp Study. Beginning in 2006, and continuing through the summer of 2010, the American Camp Association undertook a five-year surveillance study of injuries and illnesses in day and resident camps.

Ten Ways to Reduce Injuries and Illnesses in Camp

When it comes to providing safe experiences for children, knowledge is often the most powerful tool an organization possesses. Knowledge about safe conditions and practices and the ability to identify areas for improvement are keys to ensuring the health and safety of program participants and staff and decreasing the likelihood of adverse health events. An important key to developing a sound knowledge base about health and safety conditions is careful monitoring of the factors that cause significant injury and illness events in camps.

Selecting Camp Healthcare Technologies

Considerations in the Selection of Camp Healthcare Technologies

Futurists predict that camps will have compelling interests and benefits for utilizing electronic health records within the next 3-5 years. Some camps are already using electronic records and incorporating technologies in a myriad of ways to support camp healthcare.  Camp professionals have asked for more information about selecting appropriate technologies to support camp health services. 

Healthy Camps: The Quest Continues through Technology and Professional Development

Strong interest in promoting the concept of a healthy camp continues. Supported by data from ACA’s five-year Healthy Camps Study from 2006 through 2010, improved understanding about camp injuries and illnesses triggered more effort among camp professionals to minimize — if not eliminate — these injuries and illnesses. Promising practices were identified, parent materials became more robust, and a variety of online courses for staff training appeared.