Many parents are busy making arrangements for their children to go to summer camp. Whether the type of camp you are considering is a daily program that is close to home or a more intensive, weeklong outing in the wilderness, you want to be sure the camp you choose is the right one for your child, while always keeping an eye towards safety. Personal injuries and accidents can happen anywhere, despite your best precautions. At the same time, there are steps you can take to help ensure the program you choose is both fun and safe.
What To Look For In A Summer Camp
According to the American Camp Association (ACA), there are a variety of options when it comes to choosing the right type of camp for your child. There are resident as well as day camp programs, specialty programs focusing on recreational or educational pursuits, as well as camps for special needs children, with activities designed to meet both their needs as well as their abilities. Depending on the type of camp you choose, the ACA recommends getting answers to the following questions:
- How rustic is the setting?
- How many campers are enrolled?
- How many camp counselors are there, and what is their required skill/experience level?
- How are outings, recreational pursuits, and water activities supervised?
- How are the meals and activities structured?
- What means of communication are available to find out how my child is doing?
- Is the camp equipped to meet any special dietary or physical needs my child has?
- What are the camp’s policies for handling emergencies?
Whether your child is attending a resident or day program, there are certain items which should remain at home. The ACA states that campers are generally discouraged from carrying cellphones and electronic devices with them, and parents should check with the staff before allowing their child to bring candy or snacks. Fireworks, lighters, hunting knives or other items which could result in injuries are generally prohibited.
Common Types of Children’s Summer Injuries
Regardless of how prepared you and your child’s camp counselors are, accidents and injuries may still occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), common types of children’s summer injuries include the following:
- Sun burns and illnesses caused by heat exposure;
- Water-related accidents, such as diving accidents and accidental drowning;
- Playground-related accidents, such as broken bones, lacerations, and head injuries;
- Sports-related accidents, which include fractures, muscle strains and sprains, and brain injuries;
- Insect and animal bites, such as from snakes, spiders, raccoons, and mosquitos;
- Violent injuries as the result of bullying and fights with peers.
Contact Us for Professional Assistance
If your child suffers serious injuries at camp or while engaging in recreational activities, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys. At Hogan Frick, we can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable, and assist you in getting the compensation your child needs to recover.