A few words from an old friend on Summer Camp Safety

Corey Andres is a sports and recreation expert, who specializes in sports programming, recreational facilities design and safety, athletic training conditioning, and youth camp supervision and administration. A few years back, Corey served as an expert witness for us in a significant sports injury case where a young mother had suffered a horrendous leg injury at a birthday party.

Summertime's calling...Time to ask some good questions to the camps which are caring for your kids.

Summertime’s calling…Time to ask some good questions to the camps which are caring for your kids.

(In that case, our client — a guest at a gym facility — had been encouraged to “play” on all types of gymnastic equipment without sufficient instructions or safety procedures in place. Corey’s opinions and insights were instrumental in helping us hold the facility accountable and helping this young mom – literally – get back on her feet.)

When Corey’s name popped up in a recent email about an article he’d written encouraging safe practices in summer camps, (entitled “The Questions To Ask Before Sending Your Child to Camp”) I thought it was so valuable, I called Corey and asked if I could share it.

He said he’d be honored.

So here they are:

1. What is your staffing ratio? (Campers/Counselors)
2. Do you perform background checks of all staff?
3. How many days of training do you provide staff?
4. Can I have a copy of your training manual?
5. Do you follow ACA Accreditation Guidelines?
6. How many incidents have you had in the last 5 years requiring outside medical treatment?
7. What aquatic activities do you provide?
8. Are life jackets and lifeguards on site for all aquatic activities?
9. What are your safety guidelines for shooting sports? (Archery, Rifle range)
10. If zip lines and ropes courses are available are courses and equipment inspected daily?

Corey’s article provides explanations behind each of these questions. READ MORE

About Mike Daisley - Civil Litigation Attorney, Mediator, Writer, Licensed Lay Preacher (Episcopal Church, Diocese of North Carolina)

Mike Daisley is a civil litigation attorney and Certified Mediator in Charlotte, North Carolina, and owner and president of "DaisleyLegal" a virtual law firm focused on helping victims of drunk driving injuries and other careless individuals and corporations. He devotes a significant time of his practice as a mediator in North Carolina's Superior Courts, using his 35 years of litigation experience to counsel and assist opposing parties to resolve their disputes and lawsuits cooperatively, avoiding the high expenses and time commitments involved in going to trial. In addition to his commitment to Civil Trial Advocacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mike is also an avid writer, and has a wide array of interests outside of his legal practice, including stints as a columnist for The Charlotte Observer, political analyst for WCNC-TV and WBT Radio. Mike’s biggest passion outside the law is learning and writing about theology, and especially the role doubt plays in faith, the role faith plays (or should play) in politics, and (as he puts it) the “beauty and deep mystery” of the liturgy. Mike is a lifelong Episcopalian, and often jokes that means "I am a raging agnostic at least two or three days a week.” In 2019, he was appointed by the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina as a licensed Lay Preacher in the Episcopal Church. (A sample of Mike’s preaching can be heard here: http://www.stmartins-charlotte.org/content.cfm?id=2245&download_id=269#attached_content) To discuss the possibility of teaching, lecture, sermon or interview requests (or to make any comments or suggestions about the “WithGladness” blog) you may contact Mike at any Office email : Mike@DaisleyLegal.com Personal email: MikeDaisley@outlook.com Office voicemail: (704) 554-2306 Mike Daisley & Associates, LLC 1515 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 400 Charlotte, North Carolina 28209
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