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.

Can My Camp Nurse Do That?

  • "My nurse told the parent that she wouldn't give the medication unless she had the prescription in its original container. Can she do that? The Mom was just trying to help by putting the meds in one of those weekly plastic containers."
  • "My RN picked up the phone and took the doctor's order by talking to him. Is that OK?"
  • "She said it was a 'nursing diagnosis.' What's with that? Doctors do the diagnosing, not nurses."

Team Work: An Open Letter to Camp Staff


This letter is addressed to all camp staff / team members whether this summer is your first or your 20th, whether you have primary responsibility for supervising campers, are an activity specialist, or work in the kitchen.

It Can Happen to You: 10 Things You Can Do to Tighten Security at Your Camp

With 3 sites, 14 individual day camps, 500+ acres and more than 5000 campers and staff on our grounds each day, the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds has spent the last 5 years focusing on its unique security challenges. In doing so, HKC has become a leader in camp security. At this session, hearing from the perspective of a camp professional as he talks about the improvements HKC has made in securing the grounds and what they’ve able to do with a limited budget, you will walk away with at least 10 new implementable ideas for ways you can improve security at your camp.

Risk Transfer: Managing Additional Insured Relationships

Camp directors may have questions about what it means to be an additional insured on a general liability insurance policy, when to ask a third party for additional insured status in favor of your camp, and when it is appropriate for other entities to have additional insured status on your camp's general liability policy.

Contingency Planning - The Art of Developing Plan B

Tom Peters, the author and business management guru, suggested several years ago we should thrive on chaos, but most people and businesses don't. Most of us would like to have events take place routinely without too many changes, variations, or problems. This is natural. Unfortunately, the experience we gain from living our lives and running our businesses is proof that events don't always go routinely, as planned. This is because of risk.

Case Studies from the 2015 Crisis Hotline Annual Review

Each year, the Camp Crisis Hotline Team identifies a select number of case studies for a more in-depth look, and to serve as examples for other camps to use in staff training and the development of their own risk management plans. It is our hope that by understanding the real crisis situations of other camps, your camp can learn and anticipate for the future.

Computer Network Security — Evolving Risks

According to some experts, 2012 could be the worst year ever for computer network security breaches. In 2011, major companies were victims of massive computer network security breaches. If you listen to the news surrounding this issue, the impression you might get is that only big, publicly owned companies like SONY and Citibank are being affected.

How Culture-sensitive Are Your Camp Health Services?

Campers and staff come from a variety of backgrounds. An urban-savvy camper becomes the bunkmate to a youth raised on a rural farm; two girls — one from a small mountain village and the other from a coastal metropolitan area — are in the same cabin; and U.S. staff are joined by staff from other countries. In addition, there may be campers and staff who, while living in the U.S., speak a language other than English at home. This seemingly disparate group interacts to create the magic of camp.