Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) 2020

Mark your calendar for the 27th annual conference in Burlington, Vermont, October 28-30, 2020.

Facing Challenges Together

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. 

Wildfires in the West

The threat of wildfires impacts camps in the west more each year.  This webinar explores wildland fire preparation, response and recovery from four critical perspectives: Public Policy, Fire Service, Insurance and Camp Experience.   Our panel of experts will answer your questions and provide insight and practical information for camps to proactively manage the risks associated with wildfire.  We will also dedicate time for participants to share their own knowledge and learn from each other in a virtual meet up discussion at the end of the event.  This program is designed with western region

Lessons Learned from another Year of the ACA Camp Crisis Hotline - 2019

The ACA Hotline is a year-round, twenty-four-hour-a-day service provided to any ACA camp or member who needs help in a crisis.  Each year, ACA analyzes the hotline issues and provides case studies and resources to assist in crisis management, staff training, and preparation for the unexpected, providing valuable lessons every camp can learn.  This webinar explores situations from the ACA Camp Crisis Hotline that arose over the past year.  Learn from the experiences of other camps in crisis situations and have the opportunity to discuss situations with the ACA Hotline team.

Crisis Hotline Handout 2019

Handout for presentation on Lessons Learned from ACA's Crisis Hotline.

Wildfires - Preparing Camps and Programs that Operate in Wilderness Areas

Wildfire season seems to last 12 months a year now. Preparing for wildfires through fuel mitigation is a great start, but preparation requires much more: connecting with local emergency services, updating information with insurance providers, going over emergency plans and practicing drills and many more critical considerations.  The American Camp Association provides resources for developing wildfire preparation, response and recovery plans.

Camp Insurance Trends: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

For about 20 years, the American Camp Association Insurance Committee has hosted a roundtable discussion with many of the camp industry insurers and insurance brokers attending the ACA National Conference. While the 2019 roundtable brought some new things for consideration to the table, we also saw the recurrence of many of the same type of trends discussed previously.

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.

Boys Will Be Boys, Girls Are Just Mean

So you are working at a children's camp this summer. Your role as a counselor is perhaps the most important role at camp. Not only are you there to ensure the kids have a great time, but also to keep them safe.

What does "keep safe" mean? It means to protect from danger, care for their well-being. You already know the obvious safety risks posed by swimming, boating, transportation, and food/water contamination.

Lessons Learned from Another Year of the ACA Camp Crisis Hotline - 2018

The ACA Hotline is a year-round, twenty-four-hour-a-day service provided to any ACA camp or member who needs help in a crisis. Each year, ACA analyzes the hotline issues and provides case studies and resources to assist in crisis management, staff training, and preparation for the unexpected, providing valuable lessons every camp can learn. This webinar explores situations from the ACA Camp Crisis Hotline that arose in 2018. Learn from the experiences of other camps in crisis situations.

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