Beware of the Blood Suckers

September 12, 2011

What would you say if I told you thousands of sharp-toothed creatures with an unquenchable appetite for your blood are making a mass exodus from wooded forests straight to your home? You might tell me to put down the Twilight books or stop watching HBO's True Blood. You might also suggest that I promptly take the tin foil off of my head. Or... you might recognize that I haven't completely lost my mind and that my warning does, in fact, have some teeth behind it.

No, we're not talking about vampires, we're talking about

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Time to Referee The Choking Game

August 24, 2011

With school getting ready to start back up for kids across the country, now seems like a good time to readdress a very scary trend with adolescents and young adults. Almost two years ago we published a safety article on The Choking "Game", an activity kids engage in that cuts oxygen off to the brain. The lack of oxygen causes the participant to feel a temporary high and dizziness. Unfortunately, many children often

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When Not to Quit: Man Revived After 96 Minutes

August 22, 2011

Performing CPR in a life-or-death situation is mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting. I hope this incredible story about a man who was successfully revived - with no resulting brain damage - after 96 minutes provides the extra burst of strength and motivation you may need the next time someone's life is in your hands. While the article primarily focuses on

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Don't Be Facebook Friends with Children

July 15, 2011

The British Medical Association (BMA) recently released a report titled "Using Social Media: Practical and Ethical Guidance for Doctors and Medical Students." Generally speaking, the audience of CultureOfSafety.com doesn't typically include medical professionals, so you may be wondering why we are sharing this resource with you. Well... this report aligns closely with many of the recommendations we've been making in our Social Media Best Practices Guide and a previous blog post about enforcing unpopular policies, but goes a step further and introduces

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Counselor Training Prevents Tornado Disaster

June 10, 2011

Tornadoes have been dominating the news as of late... and for good reason. According to data from the National Weather Service, more than 500 people have been killed by tornadoes in 13 different states already this year. Before-and-after photos from Joplin, Missouri show the unimaginable power of a tornado.

With so many sad stories so far in this storm season, we're happy to share a tornado story from one of our customers that ended with a group of

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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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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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Color: Why You Should Be Scared

March 25, 2011

The social world was buzzing yesterday following the launch of a brand new, mobile-based, photo-sharing app called Color. Many of the most respected technology pundits and bloggers around are raving about the potential for Color to change the way people interact with their surroundings. The excitement surrounding the potential for Color can be summed up in a single number: $41,000,000. That is how much venture capital the developers raised before the product even

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Shocking Footage: Bullied Child Fights Back

March 15, 2011

A really sad video has been making the rounds online for the last 24 hours or so. The 40-second clip shows a school-aged boy being taunted, teased, and physically harrassed by his peers. The boy being teased takes the abuse for 15-20 seconds, but then, in an attempt to defend himself from more phsycial harm, grabs the bully and slams him dramatically into the ground.

The bully limps away with what many are now reporting is a dislocated knee. And while it sounds as if neither of the children involved will suffer long-term physical harm, this whole scenario could have been so much worse. Take a look at the video below and you'll immediately

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