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Bug bites and skinned knees are a part of everyday life at camp. With the right safety program, you can keep minor upsets from turning into major mishaps. As a Counselor policyholder, Markel is committed to providing the tools you need to help put Safety 1st at your camp. One of the most important ways to protect your camp is to prevent accidents from happening in the first place. That’s where our Safety 1st Education Program comes in.

The Safety 1st Education Program provides exceptional risk-management tools, including webinar series, background checks for staff and volunteers at a deeply discounted rate, safe driving courses at a discounted rate, timely and useful publications, and practical loss-control solutions. 

Safety 1st
Celebrate your safety success with Markel's Safety 1st designation program!

Markel safety webinars - Every year, Markel sponsors a series of webinars by nationally recognized experts in professional youth camping on issues relevant to camps. The webinars are free of charge exclusively to Markel clients.

Markel’s risk management library
Access our online library of risk management articles for information to help prevent losses and maintain a safe environment. It’s the perfect resource to support your staff training efforts. Articles are organized by topic.


Safety guides
Read detailed safety guides by Markel for more information on common activities and loss control.

When concussions occur at summer camp: A guide for summer camp staff
Concussion resource for camps from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. (Note: 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).

ACA Healthy Camp Study Impact Report
Markel has been the sponsor of the American Camp Association (ACA) five-year Healthy Camp Study. The information contained in this report serves as a resource for reducing injuries and illnesses in camps and other youth settings.

Discounted services

Praesidium child abuse risk management services*
Your staff and volunteers can reduce the risk that a child in your care will be sexually abused by an employee, volunteer, or by another child. But first, they must know how. Praesidium, Inc.'s "Armatus" will teach them. As a Markel client, you can access the Armatus training resources for just $10 per user. Get access to other select sex abuse risk management training and educational services from Praesidium at a 20% discount.

Intellicorp criminal background checks at a discount*
Run background checks on your employees and volunteers at a discounted rate. Additional jurisdictional fees may also be charged.

CampDoc.com – Electronic Health Records for Camps*
Markel and CampDoc.com have teamed up to help camps keep their campers and staff healthy and safe. Offered at a significant savings to Markel clients, CampDoc’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) reduces risk, improves efficiency, and maximizes safety.

Safety videos and online resources
Does your staff need to brush up on their risk management and prevention skills? Need to train a new employee on proper safety procedures? See Markel's list of recommended safety videos and online resources.

Ask a safety question
If you have questions about our risk management program or are looking for information on a particular topic, send our risk management experts an email to safety1st@markelcorp.com.  As a Counselor policyholder, Markel is committed to providing the tools you need to help put Safety 1st at your camp.

 * Markel provides access to various risk management products at a discount to its customers. In making these discounts available, Markel is not endorsing these products, making any warranty (including any warranty of fitness for a particular purpose) or guarantee with respect to the products or assuming any liability for any damages that may result from their use.