ASHBY -- As a result of Camp Middlesex's continued commitment to safety and safety education for its campers, Markel Insurance Company announced that Camp Middlesex has received the Safety First Award for its 2012 camping season.

Markel Insurance Company is a large, nationwide summer camp insurer, and only a handful of camps in the nation win this award seven years in a row.

According to Will Evans, Markel's Director of Safety Education, "Markel does not award this designation lightly -- camps or clubs must have a proven safety record for at least three years, undergo formal assessments and inspections, and participate in continuing education and certification programs. These facilities deserve to be commended for making safety a top priority."

Camp Middlesex is an ACA-accredited overnight and day camp for boys and girls, at 1031 Erickson Road. For information visit or come tour the camp April 14 from noon to 4 p.m.