Redwoods' Safety Newsletter
Training Resource: Abuse Prevention Scenarios
Building a culture of safety where abuse does not occur takes ongoing training and reinforcement of key policies and procedures. We have compiled four scenarios—set in a traditional day camp model—that you can use with your staff. Scenarios provide a great opportunity for staff to engage in discussion and apply the scenario to their day-to-day work.
Questions to Consider: Off-Site Aquatic Programming
Whether it’s a field trip to a local community pool, aquatic waterpark, or a natural body of water, we know that many of you participate in off-site aquatic programming. We also know that off-site programming adds some risk when you have less control over the environment and culture. We recommend visiting the location in-person to learn more about their safety practices before visiting with your youth. To assist with this, we've created a list of specific questions that you can ask the location/facility on your visit.
Short Video for Camp Staff: How to Make an Impactful First Impression
A counselor’s first impression with their campers is critical. It sets the tone for the rest of camp and helps campers understand a counselor’s role in keeping them safe. We have created a short video that explains how counselors can make an impactful first impression this summer. We encourage your staff to watch this ahead of camp and practice their introductions with each other.
Key Recommendations for Elevation Safety
Ropes courses, climbing walls, and zip lines provide a great opportunity for youth to learn new skills and take calculated, supervised risks. Yet in order for these programs to run safely, it is critical that staff are set up for success. We have compiled a resource of our top recommendations for ensuring elevation safety.
Micro-Learnings: Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention
Slips, trips, and falls are one of the most common incidents we see take place in youth-serving organizations. We have developed program-specific micro-learnings that you can distribute to your staff as a quick refresher on steps they can take to mitigate these risks.
Facility Use Agreements
Many organizations this summer will rent out their space to community members or other organizations. When doing so, it is critical that you have strong contracts in place that clearly define the terms and conditions of renting out the space. Download our sample facility use agreement and adapt it to fit your organization's needs.
Please Note: Beginning in June, we will temporarily replace our monthly newsletter with shorter, weekly newsletters to support you throughout the summer season. Each newsletter will provide two tangible resources to use with your staff—one focused on aquatics, and the other on abuse prevention. Our monthly newsletters will resume in September.
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