For your information, below are a few of the standard questions we are asked – and our answers – about summer camp safety.
Like most summer camps, a great many of our counselors were campers before joining our staff. All counselors who work at Friends Camp must be 19 years old and must have completed one year of college. All potential staff members are carefully screened. They must submit an in-depth application, provide three references, undergo an interview, and they must have a positive background check.
At Friends Camp, we train our staff to provide a high level of emotional and physical safety for all campers. We also offer clear supervision and effective feedback to all staff during the summer. Most of the Friends Camp staff will have taken a CPR/First Aid training class. Our lifeguards have taken the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification training. We also have staff members with certifications in watercraft safety. Our trip leader has taken the State of Maine Trip Leader training.
Friends Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association. During the summer of 2014, we had our first accreditation visit and we pass the over 270 different health, safety and program standards. Friends Camp is now an accredited ACA camp for the next three summers.
Each summer, Friends Camp hires a part-time nurse who works about 32 hours per week. In addition, we also have an on-call physician. We hire two or three staff members with Wilderness First Aid certification to cover the campers’ health and medication needs when the camp nurse is not available. Volunteer paramedics/EMTs and the ambulance from the China Rescue Squad can reach Friends Camp in five to ten minutes. The nearest hospital is only 14 miles from Friends Camp.
Friends Camp has two vans for field trips, and there is other camper and staff transportation. Our van drivers need to be at least 21 years old, have a clean driving record, and they must complete an in-camp driver safety training program.
For campers aged 7 to10, the Friends Camp ratio is 1 to 4. For campers aged 11 to 17, the ratio is 1 to 5. In most cases, two or more counselors supervise cabin and program activities.
Yes, please check this link for the names, e-mails, and phone numbers of some of our current camper parents.