Regular readers of this blog know that my pet peeve is requiring people to sign waivers of liability to participate in activities, and that I particularly despise them for children’s activities. Of course I am thrilled that my kids can attend summer camps this summer — but that thrill is diminished by the camps telling me that they refuse to take responsibility for their own negligence. If I want my kids to go to camp, I need to accept that if they get hurt they will have no recourse, even if the fault was entirely the camp’s. Paralyzed for life because the camp’s bus driver was drunk? Oh well.
The waiver that really got my blood boiling this week begins with the following (the camp will remain nameless to protect . . . everyone):