Few things encourage spiritual growth in kids like attending a Christian camp. Away from other distractions, kids have time to focus on their relationship with God. Unfortunately, camps also provide plenty of opportunities for kids to get hurt—miles from the nearest hospital. Good risk management helps prevent many injuries and lessens the severity of those that can't be avoided.
In order to make the right choice for your campers, consider this series of evaluations of the camp's safety program. These tips are from camp directors and risk-management professionals, and they will help you determine whether you have found the best place for your group.
The best-run camps have great people working for them. They have carefully selected the supervisors, counselors, and others who will be working with your group. Everyone should be screened, whether employee or volunteer. To ensure excellent screening procedures, find out whether all staff and volunteers have submitted a:
- Written application
- Multiple reference checks
- Criminal background check
The best facilities train staff thoroughly, creating a risk-management culture in the process. Determine whether the facility holds training sessions before camp begins each year. Learning that returning staff simply take new people under their wings and "show them the ropes" could be a potential danger sign. Being sure of a formal training program is the only way to know that every staff member has received complete information on the camp's safety procedures.