At CentriKid Camps, we take safety seriously in preparing for camp, training staff, and during each week of camp in the summer. I recently saw a New York Times article about safety and it made the point that most parents were concerned about the wrong things.
According to the article, the 5 things most likely to cause injury to children are car accidents, homicide (usually at the hands of someone they know), child abuse, suicide or drowning. But parents, when surveyed were most fearful of kidnapping, school snipers, terrorists, dangerous strangers and drugs.
It is always disappoint to see these types of things and think about the impact they have on kids and kids culture. We often encounter campers at CentriKid who have been exposed to tough situations and need somebody to talk to. We don’t have counselors on the camp staff, but we work with a licenced professional counselor who helps us get kids help when these situations arise.
Comment to share what safety concerns do you face in your ministry.