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3 Risks Every Camp Operator Needs to Address Today to Make Camp Safe and Fun

With over 14 million children attending camp each year, camps operators must manage growing risk to keep their young audiences safe and engaged.

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Late-night stories around a campfire, arts and crafts, swimming lessons, hiking and more. Camp is every child’s dream getaway, especially now that many sites offer boating lessons, climbing walls, go-karting and more all season long.

“Camps are always trying to find new, exciting ways to keep old campers and attract new campers every season,” explained Colin Liberatore, lead underwriter for camp product at Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY).

The camp business is an $18-billion industry, according to American Camp Association data. Every year, 14,000 camps across the U.S. gear up for the nearly 14 million campers excited to attend. And whether its an overnight stay or a day camp, these sites are continuing to add activities to make each summer the best ever for their campers.

But with each activity comes its own set of risks.

Camps are home to children as young as seven years old to those in their late teens.

“Camp operators need to be aware of all the risks and recommendations for preventing potential claims, especially when it comes to the demographic of campers under their protection,” said Rob Wilder, underwriting product manager, PHLY.

Here are three of the most prevalent risks facing camps and what the operators of the camps can do to manage them.

To learn more about Philadelphia Insurance Companies, please visit their website.

Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) offers product-specific resources, alliances, and service capabilities to achieve a multi-faceted approach to risk management, including safety program development, site audits, and training (including interactive web-based training). We offer a wide range of products and value-added services at financial terms to be agreed upon to help you achieve your risk management goals.

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