As parents start thinking about sending their children off to summer camp in the next few months, concerns of camp safety may be looming in the background. Parents may be thinking: what can I do to make sure my child is safe?
No matter what age your child is or what kind of camp you send them to (overnight camp; or if they are older, an outdoor adventure program, community service or language immersion program, teen tour or to a college campus program) I’ve always believed it’s a good idea to send them off with a little safety talk. Whether they are 8 or 18, it never hurts to remind them to make smart decisions and to always keep their personal safety in mind.
Listed below are a few camp questions that parents can ask ahead of time to alleviate some of their concerns:
What is the staff/camper ratio?
Who are the counselors? How are they screened and chosen? What is their training?
Who administers first aid and where are they located? Is there medical staff on site to take care of cuts, bruises and any sickness that may arise?
Who drives the campers if they go off the camp premises?
What kind of vehicle is used? How many campers in each vehicle?
Anyone who has basic life support training can help with any serious cases of injuries. Knowing you have done all you can to assure a safe and productive summer experience for your child will allow you to enjoy this time away from them more fully.