The highest level of fun and safety
How we stay safe

safety is our priority

Whether you’re child is here for camp, or you’re here for a retreat, T Bar M is all about relationships. In order for relationships to grow here, we cultivate an environment that is safe physically and relationally.

 

camper safety

In order for relationships to grow healthier at camp, campers need to not only be safe, but they need to feel safe. This is an aspect of camper safety that we do not overlook when working with our campers or training our staff.

The steps we take to ensure campers are relationally safe:

  • All staff go through a state approved Abuse Prevention Program (TrainRight or Ministry Safe)
  • Each camper hears an age appropriate talk about how to spot and prevent inappropriate behavior (physical, emotional, and sexual)
  • All staff are trained on bully prevention
  • All staff are trained to help kids process through and overcome home sickness
  • Post-Camp Camper Contact Policies are provided for staff and parents

high-risk activities

While activities like the ropes course or our pool toys may be scary, our high-risk activities are all safe. That sets the stage for adventure that has an impact.

The steps we take to ensure camper safety on high-risk activities are as follows:

Ropes Course:
  • An ACCT Accredited Level 1 Practitioner is on the course at all times while in use
  • Our courses are inspected annually by Adventure Experience and quarterly by an in house supervisor*
  • All staff receives on course training and must pass a written and skills test
  • Participating campers wear harnesses and helmets
Other Activities:
  • All staff are trained and tested on all activities they facilitate
  • Protective gear is worn for activities that require it
  • All big toys receive annual state certification
  • All staff are trained on each toy they facilitate

*Our in-house inspector is ACCT Accredited Level 2

water safety

Whether in one of our massive pools or on Lake Travis at Camp Travis, water safety is important to us. We know the Texas summer and we know how to be safe and have fun in the water.

The steps we take to ensure camper safety on the water are as follows:

  • Life guards are on duty whenever campers are in the pool or lake (1 life guard and 3 non-lifeguard staff for every 35 campers)
  • All water safety staff have their First Aid, CPR and Life Guard certifications through American Red Cross
  • Every Camper takes a Swim Test*
  • All boaters have their Texas Boater License
  • Life Jackets (US Coast Guard approved) are zipped and buckled before campers enter the water (at Camp Travis)

*If a camper does not pass the swim test, they will receive a life jacket to wear while in the pool. Their coach will wear one too so that a camper is not the only one wearing a life jacket.

medical

Our medical staff is ready and willing to meet our campers with whatever may come between them and a great week at camp.

The steps we take to ensure campers medical safety are as follows:

  • A Registered Nurse is always available and lives on camp property
  • Access to first responders and hospitals
  • Accommodating food allergies
  • Focus on hydration and sun screen (we provide a water bottle for each camper)

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staff hiring and training

We search long and hard for our summer staff. And we take time to carefully examine and interview them so that we have the best pouring into our campers.

Some camps call them counselors but here we call them Coaches. For these college students, this is not ‘just a summer job’, it’s an opportunity to invest, to make a difference, to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

  • Recruiting: our directors devote several weeks in the fall and spring engaging college students on their campuses about the opportunity to work at T Bar M Camps
  • Hiring: students complete an extensive online application requiring references and a background check. Camp directors interview each applicant with challenging questions to uncover a student’s life story, their character and passion.
  • Investment: every coach attends bible study twice a week and also belongs to a small ‘covenant’ group lead by one of our leadership staff

We hire great staff and then bring them to camp before summer for an intense training time where they learn the T Bar M way.

Our program includes a 9-day training session where staff are trained on:

  • Camps Policies and Procedures
  • Camps Crisis Management Protocol (inclement weather, fire, etc.)
  • How to safely operate and facilitate all activities
  • How to lead Bible Study Curriculum (Scorecards, Batter’s Box, Trail Guide)
  • How to appropriately care for and invest in campers
  • The basics of abuse prevention

 

 

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