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Summer Staff Medical Claims


While the country wrestles over health-care reform and the Affordable Care Act, camps around the country are beginning to feel the front-line impact of the “not-so-well-known” reforms that have already taken place. One thing is for sure—the buckets that once existed to fund camp-staff injuries are shrinking, leaving a larger bucket for camps to debate over. And this debate is creating a type of “relational friction” between camp leaders and their summer staff that was not present in the not-so-distant past, leaving many to question, “Who’s holding the bucket?” camp insurance, rick braschler, camp risk management, camp staff, staff claims


When Lightning Strikes – “Should I Stay or Should I Go”

 Lightning is truly and awesome display and a wonder to behold! But, like most of nature’s elements, it has both beneficial and hazardous aspects.  While water can quench or drown, fire can heat or scorch, wind can generate or demolish, lightning—although beautiful to watch—can turn deadly in an instant. As an avid outdoorsman spending considerable time in water and wilderness settings, I have had to exercise good judgment in discerning weather conditions, which has been not only important for successful outings, but life-saving as well. This article will explore tools to help staff members use their “best judgment” when assessing the threat of lightning in order to determine “Should I stay or should I go?”

 Read the entire article by visiting Camp Business Magazine’s May/June 2016 edition at http://campbusiness.com/.





Rules To Blob By                                              

Making the most of a popular water activity—safely

by Rick Braschler



We camp people are a strange lot. We involve ourselves in discussions using terms such as blob, blobbing, blobber, blobbee, and then expect people to take us seriously. But where else on the face of the earth can we take a large piece of vinyl, fill it with air, throw in a bunch of screaming kids and water, and have a great time? That’s summer camp, and that’s the Blob.

Continue Reading – http://campbusiness.com/current-issue/rules-to-blob-by/






Foreign Travel Crisis Response – The Emergency Response Team

 Developing the Emergency Response Team

Winter break means Mission Trips for many youth serving organizations throughout the country.  Unfortunately, lack of planning results in poor responses from many youth leaders both on the prevention side, as well as the crisis response.

When it comes to foreign travel injuries, it shouldn’t surprise us that there are a significant number of serious injuries that occur each year overseas.  Just pause for a second and think of the types of activities that travelers are involved in:  construction, hiking, mountain climbing, bluff jumping, scuba diving, white water rafting, and the list goes on.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tracks and reports on the activities which cause the most frequented injury deaths to U.S. citizens traveling abroad (see graph).

In my experience working with organizations throughout the country, few are prepared in-country to deal with an onset serious injury, not to mention the crisis response occurring on the ground back home.

In order to assist the Mission Team Leader to respond to an emergency situation or crisis, I recommend pre-determining an Emergency Response Team to respond to all levels of emergencies.  The following is a list of examples for Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 emergencies.

Level 1Level 2Level 3
Lost documents/money/flightAlcohol/drug abuseDeath
Lost participantArrest/Criminal ChargesEpidemic outbreak
Minor accident/injury/illnessAssault (sexual/other)Hostage situation
Petty TheftFamily EmergencyKidnapping
Road AccidentInjury/Illness -seriousNatural/human disaster
Traveler DisciplineTravel DelayMedical EvacuationPolitical/civil unrestTerrorism


Blobbing Risk and Safety Management

Blobbing?  Blob On!

My role as a camp risk director has provided me the opportunity to study blobbing for the past twelve years.  In doing so, we have conducted controlled blob studies, worked with the Blob manufacturer, and monitored several organizations conducting over a million actual blob jumps in that period of time.  My experience with blobbing suggests that there are two general types of blobbing of which I refer to as “In-Line Blobbing” and “Freestyle Blobbing.”  Depending on what style of blobbing a camp chooses to adopt will determine the proper type of risk control measures needed. Rick Braschler, inline blobbing, freestyle blobbing, camp safety


“Ban the Box” and Youth Serving Organizations

“Negligent Hiring”  is typically charge number 1 or 2 against youth organizations in most civil cases that I work as a subject matter expert regarding youth safety and protection.  Why?  Because often the grievance deals with the actions of a staff or volunteer that allegedly resulted in an injury to another person.  Therefore, had the youth serving organization conducted a more thorough hiring process, perhaps this person would not have been hired, and thus not been on property to act in a perceived negligent manner.

In the pursuit of “reasonable and effective hiring practices,” many youth serving organizations have sprinted down the path of criminal and sex offender screenings, criminal disclosure statements, criminal or inappropriate interview questions, and the like.  All of this in an effort to determine if this person is qualified and eligible to work AT a youth serving organization around children, WITH youth and children directly, or in CHARGE of youth and staff during active programming.  Now, there is a push for privacy that may challenge the ability of a youth serving organization to garner critical information regarding a person’s prior deviant behavior in child abuse and neglect, and it’s called “Ban the Box.”  rick braschler, kanakuk child protection plan, child abuse prevention, camp risk management


Kanakuk Child Protection Plan Webinar


The Kanakuk Child Protection Plan (CPP) is an innovative, protection system to prevent, detect or respond to child physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual abuse in youth serving organizations.  The goal of the CPP is to safeguard youth, detect perpetrators, and sustain the organization.

The Kanakuk CPP strategy consists of 4 Protection Zones, 4 Abuser Remedies, 3 Prevention Stages, 6 Abuse Management Fields, and over 340 measurable Protection Elements.

To listen to the FREE webinar on the Kanakuk Child Protection Plan, visit www.kanakukchildprotection.org/training under the FREE webinar section.  Make sure to download the CPP handout to go along with the webinar.





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Rick Braschler

Kanakuk Child Protection Plan


State to State Texting Laws

With summer 2015 now in the rear view mirror, many camp professionals are looking ahead to the open road on the trail of filling staff and bunks for summer 2016.  Well, along a similar theme of “while you were sleeping,” while you were at camp last summer, many states adopted new laws that govern the use of cell phones while driving on public roads.  While some guidelines deal with the use of hand held phone use, others deal with the texting option on these phones.  Nevertheless, here is a quick look at the most recent compilation of state by state cell and texting laws that fall into the category of “what you need to know!”

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