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?

Tips for Lyme Disease Prevention at Camp

As staffers, parents and kids prepare for another memorable summer at camp, there is one important detail that must not escape our attention - doing everything possible to ensure that children are protected from the black-legged ticks that transmit Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

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.

The Crisis Communications Handbook Templates and Sample Forms and Letters

Take control of a crisis at your camp with a proven communications system.

Take Control: Be prepared for nearly any camp crisis with a strong, comprehensive communications system that keeps everyone—parents, staff, campers, the public, and the media—well informed and calm.

Use this Web site in conjunction with the book to support your communication efforts before, during, and after a crisis.

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