Does your campground offer great camping experiences all year round? If so you will know that severe weather changes can happen at any time with little warning, whatever the season. British Columbia is home to both the snowiest and the least snowy spots in Canada - ranging between 33cm and 1388cm of snowfall per year. To minimise risk to your campers, ensure that they are prepared with tips on minimizing heat loss and take some precautions to reduce the impact of a change in weather to the campground.
Keep an eye on the weather
When the weather changes unexpectedly, bringing severe conditions, this can bring additional challenges for the campground. With your campground at risk of losing power, it is important that you have in place an emergency weather plan. You want to be able to ensure that your visitors and staff are safe and ensure that the quality of the visit is not impacted. A simple addition to an emergency pack is a battery operated weather radio so that you can keep up to date with weather changes. Some of the more advanced models will even switch on automatically when there is a broadcast, ensuring you don’t miss a thing.
Keeping the food coming
If you are running a fully catered camp for children, you want to make sure that they are fed regularly and the food is fresh. For this, you need to ensure that the food storage areas are powered and have a backup cooking method. Being a campsite, the latter is obvious - light the campfire and gather everyone around. There are lots of fun and tasty snacks you can prepare and cook on a campfire, keeping the children warm, fed and entertained at the same time.
Let me entertain you
If the weather changes suddenly, you may find that the original planned activities are no longer suitable for your campers. Make sure you have an emergency plan for rainy day activities for the kids to keep them entertained and happy. These can be simple things like reading a book or getting them to take turns writing a story. You can also build up an emergency collection of board games and puzzles as these are great group activities that can be played undercover from the bad weather.
The weather can change at any time. A little time spent preparing for all eventualities can help the campers be safe, warm, fed and entertained, meaning they likely to go home with happy stories to tell their family and friends.
Many Thanks to Jenny McGee for contributing this blog post!