Health & Safety

Camp Susque is committed to camper safety. To that end, we have set stringent measures in place to guarantee that we have well screened and trained staff. Our activities and facilities are regularly tested and examined. A licensed Nurse is on the property at all times. Meals are concientiously created with nutrition and variety in mind. Food allergies and dietary restrictions are handled in a professional, discrete manner. 

For more information, check out the sections below.

Staff Screening

  • Camp Susque performs background and sex offender checks on all staff, including year-round, program and support staff. 
  • Each summer staff member must submit an application and references to be considered. Each staff member is also personally interviewed by either our Director or full-time Program Director.

Staff Training

  • All Summer Camp Program Staff are led through an intensive, week-long training program. This training includes practical skills, such as safe firebuilding techniques and how to handle homesick campers, as well as the vision and purpose behind why we do what we do. All trainings are overseen by our year-round leadership.
  • All staff are specifically trained on recognizing child abuse and avoiding compromising situations.
  • Susque complies with mandated reporting laws to report any suspected abuse to the appropriate agency.
  • Every Boys Camp and Girls Camp Counselor is trained in Red Cross First Aid and CPR.

Staff Guidelines & Culture

  • Staff and camper interactions are consistently observed throughout the day. In addition, daily staff meetings are held to address any large group dynamics concerns.
  • Year-round leadership staff are always involved in each of the Summer Camps, leading or assisting the program, providing oversight and guidance, and handling emergencies.

Supervision

  • Campers are supervised at all times by at least one Counselor.
  • Summer Camps have a counselor-to-camper ratio of 1:7. Including year-round leadership and program staff, our staff-to-camper ratio is 1:5 or lower.
  • Year-round leadership staff are on the grounds 24/7.

Medical

  • A health form is due 2 weeks before arrival for each camper. Health forms can be accessed by logging into your CampInTouch account.
  • Medical care is provided by a full-time, on-site Camp Nurse. Advanced medical care is on-call at all times.
  • If your camper is taking medicine on a regular basis, please note that ALL medicine MUST BE in their original containers, whether prescription or over-the-counter. These medicines must be left with the Camp Nurse upon check-in. The Camp Nurse will dispense it as needed or prescribed.
  • Every Boys Camp and Girls Camp Counselor is trained in Red Cross First Aid and CPR.
  • Susque is 5 minutes away from the nearest ambulance.
  • Susque is 20 minutes away from a trauma facility.
  • We have an AED on property and staff are trained specifically how to use it.
  • Campers and staff are screened when they arrive for illness.
  • Every attempt to notify parents will be made in the event of illness or injury that requires professional care or an extended stay in the Infirmary.
  • Camp Susque does not carry medical insurance on campers, therefore any non-covered expenses incurred while at camp will be billed to the parents.
  • Our medical policies are endorsed by a professional Medical Doctor.

Food

  • We take special care to accommodate most food allergies and dietary preferences. Often, a substitute of the same food other campers are eating is provided.
  • We ensure that your camper gets healthy servings of fruits and vegetables through the day.
  • We ensure that your camper says hydrated and we encourage campers to consistently have a full water bottle with them.
  • Meals are served family-style, with one counselor sitting at every table with the campers.
  • Snacks are provided throughout the day.
  • Our kitchen is regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in the same manner as public restaurants.
  • For more info, see our Food & Lodging page.

Activities

  • All program equipment is inspected at the beginning of the season and throughout the season before each use.
  • Each activity class teacher is specifically trained for his/her activity class, and each is monitored throughout. 
  • All activities are supervised by staff at all times.
  • Each activity must be approved by the full-time Program Director.

Facilities

  • All cabins and tents are equipped with emergency exits. Additionally, all cabins have smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.
  • Each tent and cabin has at least one Counselor who spends the entire night with the campers.
  • Lodging is separated by gender for Young Explorers Camp.

American Camp Association (ACA) Accredited

ACA's accreditation program helps camps meet the expectations of the industry and parents. Because we are ACA-accredited, we have met over 275 standards relating to program quality and camper/staff health and safety. See more at: http://www.acacamps.org

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