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Staying Safe

We cannot emphasize enough safety’s importance. Model safe behavior in your own actions, and organize your workspace to be tidy and spacious with enough room to move around freely and without danger. Clear pathways to tools, exits, and safety equipment. Keep the space well lit and ventilated. To help your camp be a safe and positive place to hang out and create, your campers should have a shared understanding.

PURPOSE: WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?
EMERGENCY: WHERE IS THE FIRST AID KIT?
TOOLS: HOW DO WE USE THEM SAFELY?

As safety becomes second nature to your campers, they’ll feel more at ease when using tools, knowing they’ve done all they can to protect and prepare before lifting a tool or clicking its power switch. Accidents happen when proper steps aren’t taken. Millions of people make with dangerous equipment every day without incident.

Post clear and visible warning signs on all equipment and where necessary. Provide personal safety equipment such as goggles, earplugs, gloves, etc. to those who don’t have their own. Accidents may happen. When and if they do, let’s hope they are all minor. Keep a well-stocked first aid kit visible and easily accessible throughout your space.

  • Common safety rules can be summarized briefly as:

  • Protect yourself. Dress right. Shield eyes, hands, and feet.

  • No loose clothing, jewelry, long hair near machinery.

  • Use tools correctly. Train and prepare.

  • Don’t startle or distract anyone using a tool.

  • Report all injuries. Report all injuries.

Considerations for COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offer the following guidance for summer camps:

  • Everyone aged 12 years and older are recommended to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible to keep from getting and spreading COVID-19.

  • For camps where everyone is fully vaccinated prior to the start of camp, it is safe to  return to full capacity, without masking, and without physical distancing; except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.

  • Although people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks, camp programs should be supportive of campers or staff who choose to wear a mask.

  • Consistent and layered use of multiple prevention strategies can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect people who are not fully vaccinated including campers, staff, and their families. These include

    • Health screening for infectious illnesses, including COVID-19.

    • Modifying camp activities to choose safer activities such as outdoor over indoor activities.

    • Cleaning facilities and equipment.

    • Ensure communication with parents and caregivers about camp policies and practices.

  • Campers should be assigned to cohorts that will remain together for the entire camp session without mixing, to the largest extent possible.

Additional information is available on the CDC website

Final Notes

Your safety is your own responsibility, including proper use of equipment and safety gear, and determining whether you have adequate skill and experience. Power tools, electricity, and other resources used for these projects are dangerous, unless used properly and with adequate precautions, including safety gear and adult supervision. Some illustrative photos do not depict safety precautions or equipment, in order to show the project steps more clearly. Use of the instructions and suggestions found in Maker Camp is at your own risk. Maker Media, Inc., disclaims all responsibility for any resulting damage, injury, or expense.

Maker Camp June 18, 2021
Maker Camp is a do-it-yourself online resource to help leaders like you organize a summer camp that engages children in making. Our goal is to provide you and your campers with the inspiration and the helpful resources, along with many possible projects to fit a wide range of interests and abilities. The idea is to focus on making as a playful, social activity. Maker Camp provides enough support for anyone to get started. Making provides experiences that help children become self-directed learners and good problem-solvers.
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