Tick Season is Here...Are You Ready?

May 29, 2018

Summer is finally here! The warm weather brings more people outside going for walks, spending time at pools and lakes, and taking their children to playgrounds. It’s also summer camp season; thousands of children spend part of the summer exploring the outdoors with their peers. Unfortunately, warm weather also means it’s mosquito and tick season. These insects can cause serious illnesses so it’s important to take precautions when spending time outside.

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Summer Heartbreak: Hot Cars and Kids

June 28, 2016

Every year, as the weather gets warmer, tragedies involving children and hot vehicles appear in the news. These stories are always so devastating. The fear felt by the child and the extreme guilt by the parent or caregiver is heartbreaking. Just in the last few weeks, there have been several examples from all over the country:

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Wisconsin Businesses Can Now Save Your Life

July 28, 2015

I was excited to see this month that Wisconsin has joined the growing list of states broadening access to epinephrine auto-injectors. Epinephrine auto injectors, commonly known by brand names like EpiPen, can mean the difference between life and death for someone with severe allergies. The new law allows more public facilities, such as amusement parks, restaurants, and sports arenas to stock epinephrine and requires employees to

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Child Abuse Prevention Month: What Can We Do?

April 10, 2015

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. Since 1983, this month has been a time for our country to tackle this extremely challenging issue. Community organizations and parents collaborate to develop policies and strategies to strengthen families and keep children safe.

That’s why it’s especially disheartening to see this disturbing news story making headlines. A college student, majoring in education, was arrested and later admitted to

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Homemade Ice Pack Leads to a Burnt Cornea

September 10, 2014

A dangerous new cost-saving idea is gaining popularity in homes and businesses across the country. People have begun freezing hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol in plastic bags to create homemade ice packs.

Here at West Bend, we’ve already seen one claim involving an ice pack that ended up opening and getting into a person’s

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When Bullies Share DNA

June 18, 2013

I'm the oldest of four. When we were all kids, I always tried to be a good older brother to my sister and two step-brothers. But there was something about being bigger, stronger and smarter than the three of them that triggered the occasional need to tease and taunt. (Note the use of past tense in that sentence. They are all now either bigger, stronger or smarter than me.)

I can vividly remember my sister running to my mom screaming, "John keeps

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Fighting Dehydration with a Water Monster

May 15, 2013

Each summer, West Bend sends a team of safety experts across the Midwest to present to thousands of camp counselors at YMCAs and summer camps. When visiting with camp counselors we talk about many of the popular topics that probably come to mind: drowning prevention, abuse recognition, and field trip safety to name a few. And because we know campers will be spending a huge portion of their time outdoors in the

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Safety Concerns for Summer Camps in 2012

April 20, 2012

Every year around this time, West Bend's loss prevention representatives start preparing for dozens of summer camp counselor presentations. Last year, in fact, we presented to more than 1,250 summer and day camp counselors throughout May and June.

Because every single camp is unique, we've found that a single, pre-prepared presentation or video simply won't cut it. Discussing incident reporting to an experienced staff of counselors, for example, is going to be different than a similar discussion with

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Bully: A Documentary

February 24, 2012

We are eagerly awaiting Bully, a feature-length documentary from The Weinstein Company due to hit select theaters on March 30th.

Official word on the project: "BULLY tells the remarkable stories of five brave families that will challenge viewers to move from shock and resignation about bullying to action, transforming schools and communities into places where empathy and respect are valued and bullying is unacceptable. The film's powerful stories offer youth, parents, and educators

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Facebook Subscribe: The Safest Way to Interact with Minors?

October 17, 2011

As we've stated time after time, we feel strongly that online contact with minors should be extremely limited. As someone that does online marketing and social networking for a living, I understand better than most how these social media restrictions can be frustrating for youth-focused organizations like summer camps, youth sports programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, and schools. The interactive communication between activity programmers and children can be an incredible outreach tool, but the fact of the matter is

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