Summer Camp Safety: 5 Unique Ways We Keep Kids Safe
As you get your child ready for a fun day at camp how do you know for sure that your child will be safe? At Camp Live Oak, health and safety remain our number one priorities. After all, we treat our campers with caution, care and attention to detail that goes above and beyond all state requirements.
First and foremost, all staff members are First Aid and CPR Certified and many others are certified beyond these requirements. Here are 5 other ways we help maintain a safe camp environment for children of all ages.
1. We Are Accredited By The American Camping Association
We are one of the only camps located in Broward and Dade Counties that is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). This means we are held accountable to provide superior safety and health guidelines in regards to programming, staffing and accountability set by the ACA.
ACA has strict standards regarding everything from counselor to camper ratio to the treatment of each individual child. We work hard to not only meet all 300 standards, but to exceed them.
2. Medical Forms Required
All campers aged 6 and younger must submit a physician signed copy of current Certificate of Good Health (HRS Form 3040), as well as a Florida Certificate of Immunization, including a TB test (HRS Form 680). In school settings these forms are often referred to as “yellow and blue forms.” Requiring that all children are properly immunized and in good health helps keep all campers safe.
3. Strict Sick Policies
The last thing we want is for your child to become ill due to an exposure at camp. For this reason, we ask that all sick children stay at home as opposed to attending camp. If a sick child is sent to camp we will keep them comfortably isolated from other campers until a guardian is able to come and pick them up.
We ask all parents to notify us immediately if their child becomes sick after attending camp. This way we know if any contagious diseases are spread on our premises, allowing us to make the appropriate phone calls as necessary.
We have had no major issues with the spread of contagious diseases or issues such as head lice. If we do encounter any sort of outbreak we have policies in place to alert parents right away.
4. We Focus On Individual Needs, Not Just Group Needs
No two children are exactly the same when it comes to personal health, both physical and mental. Your child’s health history, allergies, or any medications they take play an important role in how to best care for him or her. For instance, if your child is allergic to peanuts, we will make sure they have no contact with peanuts during lunch or any other mealtime. Giving special attention to all campers’ needs is the best way to keep everyone safe, happy and healthy under our supervised care.
Parents are asked to fill out any and all health concerns so that camp counselors and staff are prepared to assist in every way possible. Prior to your child’s first day of camp, a head counselor will contact you in regards to any concerns or special instructions you have. We keep the doors of communication wide open so that you are always welcome to call our Camp Office to express any additional concerns that may come up.
5. Specialized Supervision
We offer a number of awesome camp experiences including scuba diving, archery, surfing, swimming, kayaking and more. As a result, we rely on many certified experts to help maintain safety in a wide range of activities. Our experts include certified teachers, scientists, state guides, water safety instructors and more. Along with proper instruction and supervision, children are required to wear the protective gear necessary to remain safe.
Enroll Your Child In The Safest Winter & Summer Camp In Florida
Camp Live Oak is dedicated to providing a safe space for kids to learn, grow and have a great time exploring and meeting new friends. Contact us today to learn more about our wide variety of camp activities, all conducted with safety as the leading importance.