Summer camp is a time for kids to experience unique adventures, make new friends, learn a thing or two, and have fun! For many parents, however, a tinge of trepidation creeps in.
Camp personnel have a duty of care to the kids who attend their camp. If they fail to meet that standard and a child is injured, they may be held liable.
Summer camp sponsors should conduct thorough background checks on staff hires and volunteers. Previous childcare experience is a plus. In addition, the proper ratio of camp counselors to kids is a must — and will vary by age group — as kids’ fearlessness and lack of risk awareness can get them into heaps of trouble.
Activities that Could Cause Summer Camp Injuries
Some activities require camp counselors to have specialized knowledge, training, or certification — for instance, zip-lining, rock climbing, horseback riding, swimming, and kayaking. Training in CPR and other emergency procedures (e.g., using an EpiPen for severe allergic reactions), having a good grasp on food-handling procedures to avoid food poisoning and to protect those with food allergies, being well-versed in basic medical treatment (e.g., ankle sprain, poison ivy), and monitoring hydration are also vital.
Campgrounds and buildings should be properly maintained as well, and weather conditions need to be taken into account for outdoor activities.
It is perfectly reasonable to inquire about any of these issues before signing up your child for camp. If your child has an allergy or other special circumstance, game plan with camp organizers in advance.
Most children will have fond memories of summer camp. But if they are injured due to negligence, schedule a free consultation at our office.