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 …continue reading the rest of Fighting Dehydration with a Water Monster
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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 …continue reading the rest of Safety Concerns for Summer Camps in 2012
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 …continue reading the rest of Beware of the Blood Suckers
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 …continue reading the rest of Time to Referee The Choking Game
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 …continue reading the rest of When Not to Quit: Man Revived After 96 Minutes
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 …continue reading the rest of Counselor Training Prevents Tornado Disaster
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 …continue reading the rest of Developing a Culture of Safety at Camp – Part 3