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Camp Safety Summit To Be Held Friday

A group of Nantucket organizations running children's summer camps will gather to discuss safety and best practices

Diana Brown, Chris Getoor, and Brent Tartamella of the Nantucket Camp Safety Summit are excited to announce the third annual event, Friday, March 14th, to be held at The Westmoor Club, 10 Westmoor Lane, in the Great Hall of the Spa & Fitness Center. 

After the tragic passing of William Brown and several other unfortunate situations an idea was born at the inaugural Nantucket Project.  The Westmoor Club paired with Strong Wings and Nantucket Community Sailing to create the Nantucket Camp Safety Summit. The mission is to increase collaboration and best practices between all of the islands year round and seasonal children’s programs.

“Our goal is to minimize any future and potential physical and emotional trauma in our camps, and make our island camp operations stronger, safer and more professional by collaboration on best practices and shared experiences,” said Tartamella.

Now in its third year, the event will focus on emotional safety; particularly focusing on how to pre-emptively recognize children who are struggling to fit in, find friends, deal with stressful, social dynamics, and then discuss how to achieve positive outcomes through subtle maneuvering. Athalyn Sweeney and Tessandra Pearso, of Nantucket Family and Children’s Services, will be presenting on the emotional safety of children and mediation strategies. There will also be other brief presentations on emergency response, state regulations and guidelines for camps, as well as a Q&A related to industry best practice.

“We are thrilled to have some of these terrific resources right on island and are so thankful for the presentation by Tess and Athlyn,” added Brown, Executive Director of NCS.

The second part of the day will focus on a long-term goal that organizers have continually tried to weave into the philosophy of the NCSS.

“Joint collaboration has been one of our goals since the inception of this program and I am very happy to have this peer review of key issues be a major focus of our afternoon programming,” said Getoor of Strong Wings.

In 2013, Sara Schwartz, a prominent Boston attorney and seasonal Nantucket resident who represents several island youth programs, focused her time at NCSS on organizational safety. In the program’s inaugural year, 2012, Jane Panicucci, owner and principal of the Active Learning Group, led a discussion focusing on physical safety.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a program from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is a $25 registration fee for each participating organization. For more information or to register, please contact Nicole Wynne at [email protected]

Come help us raise the bar on safety in our on-island junior activities programs!