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 are regularly examined for safety and quality. 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.
  • Wilderness Trip Leaders must demonstrate a high level of maturity and have the correct technical skills for each trip.

Staff Training

  • Wilderness Trip Leaders are led through a specialized, intensive, week-long training program. This training includes practical skills such as safety techniques for cooking over a fire, medical evacuation protocols, and behind-the-wheel training in our camp vehicles. In addition, the vision and purpose of the Wilderness Trips is thoroughly covered, with specific training to help leaders Biblically build quality, Christ-centered relationships with each camper. 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 Wilderness Trip Leader is trained in Red Cross First Aid and CPR.
  • At least one Trip Leader is certified in Wilderness First Aid.
  • At least one Trip Leader is a certified Lifeguard.

Staff Guidelines & Culture

  • Trip leaders meet with the full-time Program Director before and after each trip. This provides opportunities for further training and debriefing.
  • Trip leaders are in constant communication with the full-time Program Director for the duration of the trip.
  • Year-round leadership staff are available to assist via phone (and in person if necessary) in the case of an emergency. 

Supervision

  • Wilderness Trips have a leader-to-camper ratio of 1:4.
  • Campers are suprevised at all times by at least one Trip Leader.

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 the Wilderness Trip Leaders.
  • 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 pass them on to a pre-selected Wilderness Trip Leader who has training from the Nurse. This leader will be in charge of dispensing medicines as needed or prescribed.
  • Every Wilderness Trip Leader is trained in Red Cross First Aid.
  • At least one Trip Leader is certified in Wilderness First Aid.
  • At least one Trip Leader is a certified Lifeguard.
  • Trip staff plan out and maintain directions and contact information for hospitals and clinics along each trip route.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The menu for the week is planned to provide a well-balanced diet to provide enough energy for the vigorous outdoor activities on each trip.
  • Water is always available. Campers are required to have 2 water bottles on every trip.
  • Snacks are provided throughout the day.
  • 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.
  • All activities are supervised by staff at all times.
  • Each activity must be approved by the full-time Program Director.
  • The outfitters for each trip are carefully researched to make sure they will provide the same level of safety and inspection as Camp Susque.

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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