Starting a Camp Risk Management Program
Starting a risk management program is far from easy. There are hundreds of details to consider about health care alone, not to mention the kitchen, waterfront, ropes courses, stables, and shooting range. Then there’s staff selection, orientation, training, and supervision. It can be overwhelming.
Fortunately, you’re not alone. There are a host of regional, state, denominational, and national organizations dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in camping and/or camp ministries. The Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA) and the American Camp Association (ACA) are two of the largest. Joining either one gives you access to resources and materials that are unavailable elsewhere, as well as the ability to exchange knowledge with other camp professionals who share your vision—and your frustrations.
You should also consider pursuing accreditation through your state or the American Camp Association. The ACA’s accreditation program is recognized nationwide for excellence. Even if your organization can’t afford the accreditation process right now, it should order a copy of the standards.
The accreditation standards provide a detailed road map you can follow to make immediate improvements to your camp’s facilities, policies, and procedures.