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Beyond the Background Screen – A Case Study

How confident are you in your background screening results when hiring eligible staff?  We’ve discussed the problems with criminal database over the years, not to mention the poor prosecution rate of offenders at 3-5%.  Recently, I conducted a local search here in Missouri and was alarmed at my findings.  See the story below:


G.L. Blake was on the Taney County Sex Offender Registry in 2007 as found on this website here.  According to web searches, he was charged with sexual assault in 1998.  But, according to the DOJ’s NSOPW search, his name is nowhere to be found on the DOJ national database here.  And, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol Sex Offender Registry, no records are found hererick braschler, kanakuk child protection plan, child abuse prevention, camp risk management


Food Allergy Considered an ADA Disability

There is much concern and debate about how the youth programming world will manage the scope and pace of the food allergen craze, not to mention the speculation of allergies falling under the American with Disabilities Act requirements.  Whether it’s dealing with medical diagnosis vs. pure suspicion, life-threatening vs. sensitivity, or allergy-free vs. allergy friendly, the issues are many and the problem is growing.  The old adage, “say what you mean, and mean what you say” will be very important as youth program leaders try to communicate with parents the type of program they offer, and more importantly, what type of allergen controls they have in place. 

Among those topics, the notion that a food allergy could be considered as an ADA disability is met with much bewilderment.  Why?  Consider the difference between a school setting where there is at least some containment of food ingredients in a static environment versus an outdoor wilderness program where storage is limited and the environment is very dynamic throughout the program.  Certainly, no single set of expectations can fully address the myriad of settings of which youth will be involving themselves in throughout the year.  Continue reading “Food Allergy Considered an ADA Disability” »


Camp Tree Risk Management Planning

Trees—they’re everywhere! And that’s good thing! Notwithstanding their essential value to the ecosystem, they’re an added treat to the camp experience in many ways. Unfortunately, just as water, snow, mud, critters, and plants provide both benefits and threats, trees pose the same to camps and their patrons. Tree and limb failures occur frequently in our environment, and when combined with the presence of people and property (targets), they can have devastating consequences.

While tree failures may occur frequently, they do not often involve people. In fact, according to the following illustration from “Living with Risk,” the probability of death from a tree failure is far less likely than other types of threats.

So, why the emphasis on tree threats given such an infrequent incident rate?  Simply stated, severity!  The following article will explore concepts in tree risk-management to equip camp leaders with reasonable and effective steps toward reducing the risk of tree-failure injuries.

Caring For The Canopy:  Developing a tree risk-management plan




Kanakuk Child Abuse Prevention Webinars

 Child Sexual Abuse occurs at a rate ten times higher than cancer in our youth population! 

Child Sexual Abuse is now a leading cause of litigation in all youth serving organizations!

 Whether you are a 1st, 2nd or 3rd tier, public or private Youth Serving Organization – the duty is the same! 

The Kanakuk Child Protection Plan Webinar – Child Abuse 

       Thursday September 10th, 2015 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. CST

      Thursday October 22nd, 2015  10 a.m. – 11 a.m. CST


This webinar discusses the strategy and tactics that comprise The Kanakuk Child Protection Plan, a comprehensive safety system to prevent, detect or respond to emotional, verbal, sexual and physical abuses in youth programming. The Kanakuk System is regarded as one of the most comprehensive protection plans in the country and is being implemented by churches, public and private schools, daycares, camps, zoos, and other youth organizations of all types and sizes.

“Well-researched, current with best thinking on how to prevent child exploitation, practical and pointed. In our opinion, yours is a first-rate program.”

John Ashcroft, former U.S. Attorney General

During this one hour session, attendees will learn key abuser, victim and bystander statistics, faulty historical strategies, the Abuser Behavior Map and Six Grooming Stages Illustrations, and the Kanakuk Child Protection Strategy. For more information about the Kanakuk Child Protection Plan, visit www.kanakukchildprotection.org.

**NOTE: This webinar does not discuss individual tactics, but rather a strategic overview.

Rick Braschler, Subject Matter Expert, Sr. Risk Consultant and Director of Risk Management will be presenting. Rick is a certified risk manager, licensed broker, and has over 23 years in risk and safety experience in developing child protection plans.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.





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





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