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 we do not overlook when working with our campers, or training our staff. Below are the steps we take to ensure campers are relationally safe:
- All staff go through a state approved Abuse Prevention Program (Ministry Safe).
- Each camper hears an age appropriate talk about how to spot and prevent inappropriate behavior.
- All staff are trained on bully prevention.
- All staff are trained to help kids process through and overcome home sickness.
- Post-Camp Contact Policies are provided for staff and parents.
On top of training our staff about camper safety, each of our camps show this camper safety video on Opening Day for all our campers.
Here at camp, we recognize that the unexpected always has the potential to occur. Not only do we implement a myriad of safety measures, but we also train our staff on how to respond if different emergencies arise.
We have procedures covering what to do with: a missing child, utility outages, medical emergencies, fires or explosions, adverse weather conditions, and violent perpetrators. We also have a very strict protocol for anyone visiting our properties. If you have any further questions about our emergency procedures, please reach out to one of our directors.
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:
- An ACCT Accredited Level 1 Practioner 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
- 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
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:
- Lifeguards 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 Lifeguard 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.
Safety Always Matters
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 camper medical safety are as follows:
- A medical professional holding one of the following certifications (RN, LVN, MD, PA, EMT or Paramedic) is always available and lives on camp property.
- Access to first responders and hospitals
- Accommodating food allergies
- Focus on hydration and sunscreen