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Reviewing Camp Accidents

An accident at camp requires immediate attention by your health center and possibly transport to a local medical facility.  After treatment is received and all is well with the camper it is easy to file away the related paperwork without taking a moment to review the incident to determine if future accidents could be eliminated or the frequency of similar incidents reduced.  Here is a quick six step process that could yield helpful information for the future.   Following an accident ask yourself these questions and note the answers.

  • Who was involved in the accident?
  • What events and conditions led to the accident?
  • Where did the accident occur?
  • When did the accident occur?
  • How did the accident occur?
  • Why did the accident occur?

Keep notes in an active file to review at the end of your camp season.  A little time and effort may pay big dividends in identifying ways to make your camp activities safer.


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