According to research, the number one concern parents have about sending their kids to camp is safety. Your child's safety is also our number one concern. Below are just some of the things that we do at Cub Creek Science Camp to ensure the safety of every camper in our program.
Before campers arrive at camp
- First and foremost, we are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). This means that we voluntarily participate in the American Camp Association accreditation process. Cub Creek meets or exceeds over 300 industry standards — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. The American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth service agencies to assure that current practices at our camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.
- We carefully screen all of our staff. All staff are interviewed, have references checked, and pass a thorough background check prior to employment at camp.
- All staff complete over 120 hours of training prior to campers arriving including 40 hours of on-line training and two full weeks of on-site training ensures that staff are prepared to teach and mentor our campers. This in-depth face to face training time also gives us the opportunity to "weed out" any staff who just don't meet our standards of excellence.
While campers are at camp
- We use the buddy system to ensure that campers are never alone. Campers travel between activity locations with a same gender buddy.
- We take attendance at the beginning of every activity to make sure that everyone has made it to where they need to be.
- We have a strict policy prohibiting staff from every being "alone" with a camper. One staff may work with multiple campers, but not one on one in a private location. We always have at least two staff members in each cabin at night.
- We encourage regular photos and e-mails between campers and parents. Parents have the chance to see what is happening at camp each day and to stay in touch with daily e-mails. Campers can send and receive e-mails each day during their free period in the afternoon. (Please note that the majority of campers do not send daily e-mails, as they are just having too much fun and don't want to stop long enough to write an e-mail.)
- Camp is just a phone call away. If you are ever concerned about your child, while he or she is at camp, just give us a call. We would much rather do a quick check-in with your child and report back to you with details about their experience than have you spend time worrying about what is happening.