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Keep Safety in Mind When Selecting Summer Camps

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San Jose personal injury attorneys, summer safety, summer camp safety, child injuries, slips and fallsSummer time encourages parents to get creative in keeping children busy and occupied. In a previous post, we highlighted tips on selecting day care arrangements for little ones. For parents with older children and teens, summer camp is one option you may explore. While camps can provide fun, education, and adventure for your child, it is important to keep safety in mind when making your selection. Personal injuries are common among kids and occur frequently over school vacations. The following are tips to help you choose the right camp for your child.

Choosing a Summer Camp

Throughout Northern California and the surrounding areas, there are numerous options to explore in terms of school age summer camps. Some emphasize outdoor fun and fitness, while others are geared more towards nurturing creativity and academic knowledge. The type of camp you choose will depend on your child’s interests and abilities; however, there are some general factors to keep in mind when making a selection.

The American Camp Association (ACA) advises parents that while any camp should be licensed and certified through the state, standards vary widely. Choosing a summer camp that is ACA certified as well provides the assurance of a higher standard of care. Questions to ask camp representatives include the following:

  • What are the ages and backgrounds of camp counselors, and what additional training do they undergo?
  • Are activities structured, or are campers free to explore what they like?
  • How many adults are there to supervise campers in each activity?
  • What types of medical provisions are on hand at the camp?
  • Is there a doctor or nurse available on site, and what nearby hospital facilities are used in emergencies?
  • How are accidents and injuries handled, and when are parents notified?

Protecting Your Child Against Injuries

Protecting your child against accidents and personal injuries while they are away at camp is a primary concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), summer is the time of year when children are most at risk. The following are common dangers your child may likely face at camp, and the steps you can take to protect them:

  • Slips and falls: Make sure your child has the appropriate footwear, particularly if he or she will be going on hikes;
  • Heat exhaustion and sunstroke: Provide a sun hat or visor and a water bottle and encourage your child to carry both at all times;
  • Animal bites and attacks: Explore the types of animals he or she may encounter before attending; and
  • Water related injuries: Make sure your child is a strong swimmer and warn him or her against going in or near water alone.

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

Camp staff and administrators are responsible for keeping your child safe when they are away. When accidents and injuries occur, reach out and contact Jachimowicz Law Group. Our passionate San Jose personal injury attorneys provide the legal guidance you need to hold reckless parties accountable, so you can get the compensation your child needs to recover.

Sources:

https://www.acacamps.org/press-room/how-to-choose-camp/preparing-for-camp

https://www.cdc.gov/features/kidssafety/index.html

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