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The Importance of Safety at Camp

Posted by on 4th May 2015

Before you send your child off to school for the first time you have many questions. Will they be safe? Is someone constantly watching my child? Does the staff have adequate training? Is allowing my child to ride the bus a good choice?

As a parent it is important to ask such questions and you should ask such questions without hesitation. Some people may roll their eyes and call you “over-protective,” but they would be wrong. There is nothing wrong with questioning the safety of your child, especially when they are in the care of someone other than you.

At Pine Ridge, we encourage such questions. I get phone calls from concerned parents all the time. Is my child safe on the camp bus? Are your lifeguards certified? How safe is your rock wall and zip line? Is someone constantly watching my child? What kind of food is served for lunch? Is someone making sure that they drink plenty of water? Is a nurse always on-site? These are the most common questions that I am asked and I am more than happy to answer them because at Pine Ridge we pride ourselves on the safety that we provide.

In case any of the above are questions that you have, let’s discuss each one.

  1. Is my child safe on the camp bus?

    Absolutely! Our bus drivers all have Commercial Drivers’ Licenses and know the routes very well. Several of our camp counselors ride the buses so there is always plenty of staff on board to keep an eye on campers and keep them engaged in songs throughout the duration of the bus ride. This keeps our bus drivers focused on the road ahead of them and not on what is happening in the seats behind them. Plus, the campers get to have a good time in the process.

  2. Are your lifeguards certified?

    YES! Several of our staff members are certified lifeguards and received their training and certification through the American Red Cross. We require that ALL staff have CPR & First Aid certifications through the same organization. At the pool, one lifeguard will be on the lifeguard stand while the other is walking around the pool, scanning the water. While campers are in the pool, counselors are also swimming with them. This allows them to interact with the campers more while also keeping an eye on them.

  3. How safe is your rock wall and zip line?

    Every year our rock wall and zip lines are checked and re-certified by a professional of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). We also have counselors certified every year in order to facilitate the high ropes area. Every camper and staff member that participates in this activity wears a helmet and harness that is checked by certified staff. I will let you in on a little secret…camps are NOT required to have their rock walls and zip lines certified if they are not accredited by the American Camp Association. This goes for the staff as well. This is not to say that they cannot be trusted, but should be a concern to you as a parent.

  4. Is someone constantly watching my child?

    Yes! Campers stay with their counselors at all times. During each activity, counselors keep a watchful eye on each camper to ensure safety. One of the many jobs of a camp counselor is to make each camper feel safe and secure, physically and mentally.

  5. What kind of food is served for lunch?

    Our lunch staff serves all of the kid favorites from hamburgers and hotdogs to macaroni and cheese and chicken tenders. Every day there is a salad bar available along with a fruit of the day. After each meal, each camper receives a delicious dessert. When campers arrive at camp, they each receive a healthy snack in order to keep energy up. A snack is also given to them before they get back on the bus in the afternoon. Campers lose a lot of energy throughout the day because of their constant physical activity so it is very important to us to keep them energized.

  6. Is someone making sure that they drink plenty of water?

    Of course! Campers are constantly active at camp, as they should be! They lose a lot of water throughout the day so it is extremely important to keep them hydrated. All staff members are responsible for checking each camper’s water bottle to ensure that they are drinking enough. Water stations are posted all over camp so staff members make sure that water bottles are full.

  7. Is a nurse always on-site?

    Yes! We have a nurse’s office in our camp office. The licensed nurse, along with the rest of the staff, has a radio in order for her to be contacted when she is needed. She provides professional care at all times and will call parents if she deems it necessary.

Safety at camp is of extreme importance and should never be taken lightly. Parents should always ask questions and never feel as though they will be criticized for doing so. When deciding on where to send your children this summer, I hope that you will keep these questions in mind and consider Pine Ridge as an option. You definitely will not regret it!


“Thank you to all Pine Ridge Day camp staff for helping my son S. grow in skills and confidence this summer. He’s a great swimmer now and approaches new experiences with enthusiasm. Many Thanks!”

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