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. Below is some of that feedback:

  • “The Senior Staff had a meeting with an Emergency Services Coordinator, to review and address emergency safety and risk management plans. They reviewed in detail the crisis and risk management plans to bring them up-to-date and to take in consideration an active shooter response.” – Camp Mont Shenandoah
  • “Upgrades to trails and paths throughout the camp. Replacing aging guardrails on camp roads. Repairing and replacing steps and handrails throughout camp.” – Camp Glen Arden
  • “Changed our program so that younger campers stay on-campus for their camp-outs. We improved our medication storage and tracking system this year. We are rewriting our infirmary manual with updated procedures based on RN recommendations. Several sets of outdoor steps have been rebuilt for better safety.” – Talisman Summer Camp
  • “Each year we improve our safety and risk management by learning from the previous season and other camp professionals. This past summer, we created maps with specific plans based on where a group is located in the event of an active shooter. We made simple, clear and written instructions for our staff and leadership team about their individual responsibilities in the event of an emergency (these were on half sheets of paper; handed to each staff member and kept in their backpacks at all times).” - Outpost Summer Camps
  • “Training all our personnel on gender considerations, designed and implemented a curriculum called “Racial Dialogs, courageous conversations” to give all leaders and camp staff the tools to help manage conversations around race, gender, religion, and more that always come up in a close and safe environment that is our camp setting.” – The Road Less Traveled
  • “Added concussion training; aligned with new standards for EMTs to give CPR and all the lifeguards have been trained to the new ARC standards.” – Summer’s Edge Day Camp & Tennis School
  • “We met with law enforcement to evaluate and enhance our active shooter plan. This resulting in the purchase of a new alarm system, refitting our bathhouses with steel doors that bolt from the inside and purchasing special first aid supplies to have at rally points.” – Okizu Foundation
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.