Safety at summer camp: Parents’ concerns

Will you child be taken care of at summer camp?

“The people who are involved in camp – like in schools — they’re trained professionals”

When you are sending your child to any day or residential summer camp, you are entrusting them in the care and supervision of a range of qualified adults, camp staff that have been handpicked and trained in their areas of instruction.

“I was worried about safety and whether my child would be well taken care of. But meeting the camp counsellors inspired confidence in my wife and me that my daughter would be safe there. The people who are involved in camp, like schools—they’re trained professionals. They know what they’re doing. They know how to keep kids challenged and offer them a safe learning experience.”

Camp counsellors tend to be young adults (young enough to relate to campers, old enough to be admired as role models) and long-time campers themselves. Most camps expect counsellors to be certified in BAFA (Brevet d’Aptitude aux fonctions d’animateurs), in first aid, swimming and life-saving, as well as specialty areas such as sailing or canoeing.

Experienced senior staff members, with a range of expertise, support the counsellors—and often know them well at the time they are hired.

Reputable camps place a high priority on staff training, often through their own programs, which include information on the physical and emotional capabilities of children at different ages. You can rest assured that camp staff know what they are doing and place your child’s safety as a priority.