Autistic Children Crave Being in Water

April 29, 2011

Water is a magnet for all children. It's fun. It's soothing. Water is the ultimate, non-threatening hug. As an adult, what is your reaction when you sink into a hot bath? Or sip a cool glass of water on a hot day.

Aaaaaahhhhhhh. Exactly! Now magnify that attraction and that reaction by 100, and you’ll know exactly what

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Developing a Culture of Safety at Camp - Part 3

April 29, 2011

Effectively teaching or leading a group of peers requires a dynamic personality. The ability to demonstrate a skill is only half of the equation.

If counselors, trainers, supervisors, or coaches lack the skills to effectively communicate instructions, your campers or program participants will be put at risk. As Su Rider of Wesley Woods mentions, a special focus should be placed on

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Who Knows Best: Doctor or Lifeguard?

April 15, 2011

A drowning tragedy that took place in the Bahamas earlier this week is raising questions about the response of the waterpark's lifeguards. We encourage you to read more about the circumstances leading up to the drowning, but in short, an unresponsive five-year-old girl was pulled from the water by a waterpark guest. Another guest, who happened to be a registered nurse, immediately began providing rescue breathing. Shortly thereafter, an emergency room doctor

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Developing a Culture of Safety at Camp - Part 2

April 14, 2011

Third-Party Certification Orgs

Summer camps and other youth-focused organizations work closely with several reputable organizations to help with certification and training. The American Red Cross, for example, has trained thousands of waterfront lifeguards, the American Camp Association works closely with summer camps across the country, and the YMCA of USA is an excellent resource for additional training for Y-affiliated camps.

We continue our four-part blog series, Developing a Culture of Safety at Camp, with another excerpt from

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Developing a Culture of Safety at Camp - Part 1

April 12, 2011

It’s time to increase the investment in your staff. And no… we’re not talking about 401ks or health plans.

Our new four part blog series, Developing a Culture of Safety at Camp, is all about investing more time and resources in regards to training your staff. Over the last two years, Midwestern summer camps have struggled with high frequency and severity in worker’s compensation and liability claims. One overarching factor in this trend was a

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Video: How To Properly Load a 15 Passenger Van

April 05, 2011

It's no secret; 15 passenger vans can be extremely dangerous. A high center of gravity and poor weight distribution make these vehicles far more likely to rollover, especially when traveling at high speeds.

For these reasons, we actively encourage all of our summer camps, sports clubs, and youth program customers to consider using alternative forms of transportation. With that said, we recognize that replacing an entire fleet of vehicles in this economy can be an

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