No Outbreaks Here! Simple Strategies for Reducing the Spread of Communicable Disease at Camp

The emergence of COVID-19 highlights the importance of preventative behaviors and practices to reduce the spread and impact of communicable diseases in camp. This short course is rooted in lessons learned from the ACA Health Camp Study. Beginning in 2006, and continuing through the summer of 2010, the American Camp Association undertook a five-year surveillance study of injuries and illnesses in day and resident camps. This project, called the Healthy Camp Study, is to date the only example of a long-term illness and injury surveillance study conducted with a representative sample of U.S. summer camps.

The purpose of this course is to help you have less communicable illnesses this summer and to realize some strategies for making your campers and staff more resilient to sore throats, the common cold, and other communicable illnesses

Presenter: Linda Erceg

CEC's: 0.5

An Ounce of Prevention: Collecting & Using Camp Injury-Illness Data for Program Improvement

Make your camp’s injury-illness data work for you!  Learn how to use data to increase program participation for campers and staff, reduce common adverse events, improve your camp’s injury-illness profile, and impact your loss-ratio.  These outcomes are possible through a common sense approach to data utilization, the focus of this program.  Designed for the camp professional who’d like to impact their camp’s injury-illness experience, the course steps through this topic from an upbeat and can-do perspective.  

Learner Outcomes: 
At the end of this program, the learner will:

    1. Be able to capture and process camp Injury-Illness data:
      1. Identify what data sources to monitor;
      2. State what baseline questions to ask about injury-illness events; and
      3. Be able to use benchmark statistics to mark progress on risk reduction strategies. 
    2. Use camp Injury-Illness data to make program improvements:
      1. Use the Haddon Phase-Factor Matrix to identify appropriate intervention points; and
      2. Utilize common risk reduction strategies to implement those interventions.

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Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

This course provides critical information for directors and frontline staff on the process of reporting possible child abuse and neglect, including an overview of types of abuse and neglect and possible indicators. The course explains the importance of conducting the correct type of "interview" with a child when abuse or neglect is reported.  Resources for identifying state laws on reporting requirements and locating penalties for failure to report are provided. 

Presenter: Mary Fuller Everhart

CEC's: 1.0

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Non-editing teacher: Michael Edwards, Kristine Mathieson