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 hired for Frost and Chill while a trained staff member oversees Freeze and Blast. 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.
- Camp Susque performs background and sex offender checks on all staff, including year-round, program and support staff.
- Winter Camp staff are typically trusted, experienced summer staff. Our Director personally hires each Winter Camp staff member and conducts at least one interview with them before they are hired.
- Typically, Winter Camp staff have been through our Summer Camp Staff Training.
- Additionally, all Winter Camp counselors are trained by our Program Director either online or in person in the weeks and days leading up to the Winter Camp. This training includes not just practical skills, but explains the vision and purpose behind our Winter Camps as well.
- 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.
Staff Guidelines & Culture
- Winter Camps have a counselor-to-camper ratio of 1:8. Chill has a ratio of 1:6. Including full-time and program staff, our staff-to-camper ratio is 1:5 or lower.
- Staff and camper interactions are consistently observed throughout the day. In addition, daily staff meetings are held to address any large group dynamics concerns.
- Full-time staff are always involved in each of the Winter Camps, leading or assisting the program, providing oversight and guidance, and handling emergencies.
- A health form is due 2 weeks before arrival for each Freeze, Frost, and Chill camper. Blast campers must bring their health form with them. Health forms for Freeze, Frost, and Chill can be accessed by logging into your CampInTouch account. Blast campers must use the Blast Health Form.
- Medical care is provided by either a full-time Camp Nurse (for Frost and Chill) or a staff member with at least a certificate in First Aid (for Freeze and Blast). 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. Unless campers are adults, a Camp Nurse or member of Susque's leadership will be in charge of dispensing medication.
- 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.
- 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 make a majority of our meals from scratch and use fruits and vegetables at every meal.
- Water is served at every meal 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.
- All program equipment is inspected at the beginning of the season and throughout the season before each use.
- The ice skating pond and sledding hill are inspected before each use.
- All activities are supervised by staff at all times.
- Each activity must be approved by the full-time Program Director.
- All cabins and lodges have heat, fire extinguishers and smoke alarms.
- All lodging areas have at least one counselor.
- Lodging is separated by gender.
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