Camp Crisis Hotline

The Hotline serves as a resource for camps in crisis and provides callers the opportunity to talk through their crisis with a trained third-party.

Risk Management

Establish and maintain an environment in which risk assessment and management practices are implemented.

Competency Aspiration

Establish and maintain proactive risk management practices that address safety within the camp experience and environment for staff and participants.

Closer Look: Layers of Protection

Welcome to the Closer Look Video Series. This recorded on-demand video is one of many that is part of a large library of accreditation related resources offered through ACA called the ACA Accreditation Academy - your one stop shop for learning and growing from the accreditation experience. ​

COVID-19: Decision-Making Amid Uncertainty

It’s a pandemic. No one knows enough.
They say it may last 12–18 months. Maybe longer.
Information changes day-to-day. Sometimes more frequently.
There’s a pediatric complication that wasn’t anticipated.
COVID-19 changed camp plans — but will the change last forever?
Our economic viability is threatened.
. . . I just want to know what I should do.

Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) is online, October 19-23, 2020!

Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) is online!

The core objective of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) is to offer an outstanding educational experience to help you mitigate the risks inherent in exploring, working, teaching, and recreating in wild places. 

Attend the WRMC to gain practical risk management skills, network with others in the industry, share field and administrative techniques, and help develop risk management standards for the outdoor adventure and education industries.

 Registration includes:

NOLS Risk Management for Administrators Online Training - December 1-3, 2020 (9 a.m.–3 p.m MDT each day)

Whether your program is small or large, wilderness based or study abroad, you have a responsibility to your staff and participants to invest in risk management planning. Building a comprehensive risk management plan can feel daunting. Our goal is to provide you a structured approach and tools to build a risk management plan appropriate for your organization. At NOLS, we've spent more than 50 years managing risk in wilderness environments around the world, and we're always learning.

NOLS Risk Management for Administrators Online Training - October 6-8, 2020 (9 a.m.–3 p.m. MDT each day)

Whether your program is small or large, wilderness based or study abroad, you have a responsibility to your staff and participants to invest in risk management planning. Building a comprehensive risk management plan can feel daunting. Our goal is to provide you a structured approach and tools to build a risk management plan appropriate for your organization. At NOLS, we've spent more than 50 years managing risk in wilderness environments around the world, and we're always learning.

The Incident Response Plan: Assess and Update Yours

With summer's 2020 season looming, staff hiring and camper recruitment is in full swing, but we're also ordering supplies, determining content for staff orientation, and making sure various policies and practices are in order. One of these policies is the camp's Incident Response Plan, a plan that typically includes action steps to address communicable disease threats, various crises and emergencies (e.g., fire, lost camper), and the camp's OSHA policies (e.g., bloodborne pathogens and right-to-know practices).

How to Prepare Your Camp for the 2020 Wildfire Season

The last few wildfire seasons have been more destructive than years' past. These tips can help you keep your summer camp safe during wildfire season.

CampSafe Director Certification

CampSafe is an innovative eLearn training empowering camp staff with awareness of child sexual abuse prevention. This interactive approach to prevention increases the personal safety of campers and staff across North America. The training is a 35-minute, interactive eLearn providing all staff with knowledge and awareness, and increased skills and confidence around the issues of sexual abuse.

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