Camp loss control news - Vol 1. 2019

Join us in congratulating our 2018 Safety 1st award winners. Also, learn about key questions a parent should ask of a camp, getting the most out of preseason vendor visits, and Markel Specialty's upcoming webinars and conference appearance.

Risk Management tips from Safety 1st Award winners

Programs that complete a submission as part of the Markel Safety 1st Award Program are asked to provide feedback to the following:  We have made the following additional safety or risk management efforts. To aid your 2019 risk management efforts, this is a great time to share some of the insights provided by other camps.

Key questions a parent should ask of a camp - Courtesy of Praesidium

As your evaluating camps for your children, make sure to ask some specific questions of the camp to ensure the camp takes abuse prevention seriously.

Getting the most out of your preseason arborist and tree service vendor visits

As you plan for arborist and tree service vendor visits this year, consider addressing the following areas to get the best outcome from their visit.

Markel presents practical and effective safety training webinars

Free to Markel policyholders
Register now and mark your calendar

Photo of Bob Ditter

Bob Ditter
New thinking about managing staff stress and anxiety at camp

Wednesday, February 13, 1:00 pm eastern
The level of anxiety in campers and staff in the United States continues to be at epidemic proportions. More and more camp directors have reported having staff members who have had to leave camp early because of anxiety they felt they couldn’t manage. In this highly insightful and practical webinar, Bob will present all new material on the wave of anxiety plaguing our young people—anxiety that is impacting their ability to be at camp—what you can do about it.

In this Webinar, you will learn the following:

  1. Four critical contributors to high stress and anxiety among young people today
  2. The failures of many interventions among young people with anxiety
  3. A critical and practical approach to anxiety in youngsters
  4. Specific practices for managing one’s own anxiety
  5. Strategies and exercises to use with staff to help them manage their stress and anxiety
  6. A tool for helping staff think about how they cope with stress at camp


Chris Thurber headshotDr. Chris Thurber
Waterfront safety design: Top ten ways to prevent accidents and injuries

Thursday, March 21, 1:00 pm eastern

Certified guards and brand new kickboards are a good start, but preventing injuries and drownings at your waterfront requires careful design of the physical plant, as well as the procedures you use for instruction, accountability, maintenance, and site-specific training. In this compelling webinar, Dr. Chris Thurber will use personal photos and his 30 years of experience as a lifeguard and waterfront director to give participants 10 safety principles that have saved lives and limbs. Now is the time to refine your pre-season safety audit and lifeguard training goals.


Photo of Dr. Deborah GilboaDr. Deborah Gilboa
How to put young people in jobs they're not ready for

Tuesday, April 16, 1:00 pm eastern

We hire promising staff every year, and then give them leadership opportunities. We flex and shift our staff over the summer, putting teens and college students into jobs they've never done and need them to excel almost immediately. Dr. G will talk about how to set our staff - new and returning - up for success in their new roles, and how to build next year's leadership staff this summer. 


Visit Markel at upcoming conferences and play "Find the Counselor"

Markel will attending the following camp conferences this 2018 pre-camp season.

Come visit us at our booth and play our game, "Find The Counselor," to win Jim Cain's Book of Raccoon Circles - Revised & Expanded.

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