All of our programs have a detailed risk assessment and emergency protocols that we develop with our local partners and which are updated annually. Some risks and protocols are specific to certain geographies and not applicable to all programs (urban environments, wilderness environments, etc). Broadly speaking, here are some of the measures we take as an organization to manage risk and prepare for the unexpected:
- During enrollment in the program, we ask parents to provide a medical history for each participant. Since several months typically pass between enrollment and participation, we ask parents to login to their MySummer account and update this information as we get closer to the summer. We require information on each participant’s immunizations, prescription and non-prescription medications, current health needs and medical insurance.
- We conduct a pre-summer annual training with all facilitators and establish clear protocols to mitigate risk and effectively mobilize resources in the event of an emergency.