Summer Camp Safety Tips

Safety is the most important consideration when you send your child away to camp. Summer is unlike other times of the year, when children are in the well-controlled environment of a school. At camp, they’re not so well protected in an entirely different environment.

At camp, they may often be outside on their own, with minimal supervision in forests, lakes, rural roads and other potentially-dangerous situations. Parents should make certain that the camp provides adequate instructions and supervision to assure the best possible safety measures. Additionally, before your children go to camp, teach them the important elements of personal safety. Some tips may help you emphasize your instructions.

1. Communications: Unlike the rugged, isolated old days, today’s campers have constant access to the cellphone, iPhone or other electronic device. This gives them instant connection to call 9-1-1 for help, contact camp authorities or, if necessary, call their parents. To be sure of this essential method of safety, send your children to summer camp with the right equipment for emergency calls.

2. Physical limits: Before you enter your children in any camp, know what they’ll be able to do in such areas as swimming, hikes, organized games and other activities that require levels of physical conditioning. For immature and timid children, as well as those who are physically- and mentally-challenged children, this requires very serious thought about safety and other factors.

2. Sports supervision: Camp staff members should be qualified in a number of ways in providing adequate safety to the children. Particularly for swimming, boating and water sports, instructors should have earned cetificates issued by the Red Cross or other agencies.

3. Medical: Similar strict requirements should be required for treating campers for minor injuries. Staff members should be qualified in CPR, first aid and other medical experience and qualifications. The camp should also have a doctor or nurse in an on-site infirmary for sick or injured children who need more qualified medical treatment.

Additionally, in case of serious injury at the camp or on hikes, there should be a fully-equipped hospital within short driving or helicopter flight way.

4. Disaster plan: For safety of the campers in case of heavy storms, fires and other life-threatening situations, parents should be certain camp management has adequate evacuation and other necessary plans in place.

Summer camp should be a time for fun for your children. To ensure their well-being in all possible situations while away from home, be sure the camp provides maximum safety protection.