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Kanakuk Three Stages of Child Abuse Prevention

Kanakuk Three Stages of Child Abuse Prevention

Effective child abuse strategies should focus not only on the “mandatory reporting” aspects of child abuse, but more importantly on earlier stages where opportunities for prevention offer remedies PRIOR to actual episodes of abuse.  The following are the Three Stages of Child Abuse Prevention developed by Rick Braschler, Sr. Risk Consultant and Director of Risk Management for Kanakuk Kamps, and included in the nationally recognized safety system, the Kanakuk Child Protection Plan. 

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PRB Fall Festival September 24th Wooster, Ohio

The PRB Fall Festival lives up to its name — a conference, trade show, networking event AND festival all wrapped into one big shindig!

This event provides opportunities to explore new programming ideas, assess risks and develop ways to combat them, implement new marketing strategies, and strengthen team and leadership capabilities. Vendors will be on hand to share new products that will assist in providing the best camp experience possible. And at the end of the day, unwind with an outdoor barbeque dinner and social hour. Attendees also have an opportunity to take part in the Olympics with a team you create or we can assign you to one. Competitive nature is optional, but enjoyment and amusement is mandatory.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

One-day conference, trade show, and festival

  • Location: Shisler Center, OSU Extension, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, Ohio 44691
  • Included: Keynote, Three Break-Out Sessions, Walking Lunch with Exhibitors, Interactive (outdoor) Exhibits, PRB Olympics (fun event), Social, 2 Drink Tickets, BBQ Dinner (outdoor)
  • Audience: Children’s Camps, Parks & Recreation, Landscape Architects
  • Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Early Bird Cost (Before 6/15/15): $100 per person (lunch, 2 drink tickets & BBQ dinner), $50 per person (lunch only)
  • Regular Cost (After 6/15/15): $200 per person (lunch, 2 drink tickets & BBQ dinner), $100 per person (lunch only)
  • Member Discounts: 50% off for members of 4-H, ACA, ASLA, Camp Business, CCCA, NACPRO, OPRA or PRB. 


Fall Festival – Kanakuk Child Protection Plan Event

Kanakuk Child Protection Seminar – Rick Braschler, Kanakuk Kamps

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at Camp Business Magazine FAll FESTIVAL in Wooster, Ohio

The Kanakuk Child Protection Plan (CPP) is a comprehensive safety system to prevent, detect or respond to child physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse in Kanakuk Kamp programming.

The goal of the CPP is to equip youth serving organizations with a systems-based plan for safeguarding youth, detecting perpetrators, and sustaining the organization. The Kanakuk System consists of four Protection Zones, four Abuser Remedies, six Abuse Management Fields, three Prevention Stages, and over 323 measurable Protection Elements.


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Kanakuk Abuser Threat Indicator ©

Kanakuk Child Protection Plan


The Kanakuk Abuser Threat© Indicator identifies positions or roles within a youth serving organization that may pose a greater threat to minors based on their degree of access and control.  The greater the access or control of a position or role, the higher the Threat Level Score (TLS).©
The TLS score is derived from a series of eight carefully designed questions that are synonymous with the methods of child abusers, and valued based on the factors below.  Then, based on the TLS, the youth organization can focus resources on these higher threats as it relates to hiring, training and monitoring.

   Threat Level Scoring Factors
  •Infrequent = 0
  •Frequent    = .5
  •Constant    = 1



The Threat Level Indicator is just another tool provided by the Kanakuk Child Protection Plan to combat child abuse in youth serving organizations.  For more information, contact Rick Braschler at rick@kanakuk.com, or visit www.kanakukchildprotection.org.



Camp Tree Risk Management – Prioritizing threats

Considering the thousands of trees that cover a camp’s landscape, it is not practical, if not impossible, to cover every tree with an individual tree assessment.  Therefore, surveyors will allocate their resources accordingly to the areas with higher probability of risk. 

Tree risk assessment is conducted step-by-step in two stages.  The first stage involves an “area basis” assessment identifying tree group types and conditions within each zone.  The second stage involves a “tree basis” assessment identifying specific trees which may pose a threat to the public.  The following illustration reflects the delineation of protection zones combined with remedial action steps using the two inspection stages.  If there are no other feasible remedial measures, tree removal is a last resort so as to eliminate the threat to public safety.

For more information about Camp Tree Risk Management, visit www.kanakukchildprotection.org, or email Rick Braschler at rick@kanakuk.com




Camp Tree Risk Management – Where to begin


Tree Risk Management Protection Zones

The objective of a Camp Tree Risk Management Plan (TRMP) is to reduce the risk of injury or loss caused by tree failures in locations where targets (people and property) are prevalent.  The strategy to accomplish this objective consists of 3 Protection Zones, 4 Tree Categories, 2 Inspection Stages, and a Hazard Tree Rating System. 

The three protection zones delineate areas in the camp that may pose greater risk to people based on the presence of trees in relation to the constant, frequent or rare presence of targets (Figure A).



Once the camp is mapped accordingly camp leaders can then prioritize and allocate resources to address higher threat areas in order of highest to lowest risk.

For more information on Camp Tree Risk Management planning, visit www.kanakukchildprotection.org, or email Rick Braschler at rick@kanakuk.com


“Sliders, Emergers & Prowlers – Oh My!”

“Sliders, Emergers and Prowlers – Oh My!”

By Rick Braschler

 Oh how I long for the days when “lions, tigers and bears” were the worst we could think of.   But then again, the Wizard of Oz children’s story wasn’t about to address the uncomfortable reality of child sexual abusers in youth programming.  And, in that era, the focus on stranger danger would likely have missed the reality that abusers in youth programming are not the unshaven strangers wearing trench coats offering candy to children in the parking lot.  In fact, quite the opposite!

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