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5 things you forgot to check before opening camp

By Kate Donnelly
Jun 05, 2014

Clubs, Facilities Management, Asset Management, Industry News

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Boy with binoculars Before opening up your camp for kiddies to come frolic and play, there are about a bazillion things you need to inspect. (Okay maybe it’s closer to around 300, but still, there are a lot of things to consider.) Our friends over at The Redwoods Group were kind enough to help us think of the unlikely, out of the box things you may have forgotten, or not even thought of, to check on before the s’more making commences.

  1. The floor of your natural body of water. Have you checked on that lately? This is something that is extremely important not to forget or neglect to do, especially if you have a moving body of water. Is it as deep as last year? Is there more sediment under the diving board area of your lake? New rocks or natural vegetation?
  2. Personal Flotation Devices. All of your PFDs may have been in pristine condition at the end of last season, but what about now? Often times staff with do a quick glance at a couple of the PFDs and assume all of them are fine. But what about that one stack of inner tubes that sat in the back of the shed in a damp corner for the past few months?
  3. Natural wood fences and benches. Some might think a bench is a bench and a fence is a fence. But now that your fences and benches have been through the winter months, and survived the April showers, they are weathered benches and fences. Have you checked for nails coming through the wood? Is there split wood ready to splinter up unknowing campers’ fingers, toes, and tushies?
  4. Gators and golf carts. These trusty mini vehicles are the cause for the biggest workers comp claims that come from camps. Don’t just blow the dust off the steering wheel and fire those babies up—look at them thoroughly. Check every inch of them so the wheels don’t fall off (maybe literally) and you’re not the camp employee that has a plastic bag over his cast in the lake, ew.
  5. Fields and footpaths. Time to lace up the ol’ walking shoes! You need to walk every inch of your property’s trails, fields, etc. Are there new rabbit holes for someone to sprain their ankle in? Tree roots that love to trip hikers? Any trash, let alone dangerous trash like broken glass? And most of all, don’t just look down, look up! You don’t want to miss a giant tree limb that is about to fall, right? A lot of times staff and volunteers help walk the property so you don’t have to spend hours alone in the woods, unless of course you want to. That’s okay too.
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