Camper Health and Safety
The overall health, safety and welfare of campers is necessary for a smooth camp operation. This requires the cooperation of the entire camp staff and campers. Our IMUN health team is made up by: facilitator nurses as well as the offsite health director. We also require at least 5 of our camp staff members to have received and maintained current CPR certification training in order to assist in case of emergencies. Parents are expected to give written authorization for emergency medical care, or otherwise provide legal release to the UNESCO Center for Peace. A camper health history and immunization record form is prerequisite for attending IMUN Summer Camp.
The health team oversees the following:
- Medical screening of campers and review of medical history prior to camp
- Procedures for daily health screenings and sick calls
- Responding to injuries and illness events; maintaining the medical logbook
- Implementing standing orders issues by camp physicians
- Camp sanitation; where applicable
Confidentiality of health information on camp and staff members is maintained by keeping a summer camp medical logbook in a secure place at the main office. The logbook is accessible only to the Camp Director or other authorized staff.
Sick Call: A member of the health team will always stay with a sick camper to observe his/her status and notify the health director, physician or hospital of any changes in status. Parents and guardians will always be notified by appropriate channels of any changes in a camper’s health condition.
The health director or designated member of the health team keeps all campers’ medication locked in a secure place and assists the camper when he/she is ready to retrieve his or her medication. The health team or camp staff that administers medication must be trained by the health director. Campers’ health forms should always be accessible to designated individuals.
Camp Safety Precautions
Offsite field trips and activities
On any given trip the Center for Peace maintains a staffing ration of 1:10 campers. It is the responsibility of every facilitator to make a head count of all assigned campers when entering or leaving a mode of transportation. The same procedure is done when entering or leaving any of our field trip sites, museums or activity centers. All campers, staff and facilitators are provided with safety equipment suitable to the respective trip. They are also instructed in safety procedures and the use of equipment depending on the nature of the trip. Parents will be expected to furnish written authorization for their child/children to attend all offsite activities.
For each trip the UCP ensures that:
- The camp director or authorized staff is present
- One adult staff member/ facilitator is on duty and supervising campers for each group of 10 campers. The UCP ensures that the contact person maintains trip information including:
- A roster of participants
- Trip itinerary including estimated arrival and departure times, route taken, scheduled activity
- Inclement weather plans
On site Events
Before any event, emergency procedures will be outlined and practiced by camp staff and facilitators. Procedures will be announced and scheduled by Hood College staff, and will include details such as evacuation protocol and other precautionary measures in case of emergency.
- Campers MUST know their facilitator’s room number and phone number
- All camp staff and facilitators MUST have an official UNESCO Center for Peace lanyard
- Any suspicious activity MUST be reported to camp staff/facilitator immediately
- Campers are advised to lock doors’ deadbolts at night
- Campers are advised to make sure all windows and median doors are locked
- Campers will be orientated on the fire escape routes; each camper must know two possible exits and identify an evacuation location within the camp grounds
- Money and valuables should be left in the camp safe, worn in a personal wallet or locked inside personal suitcases. DO NOT leave valuables in plain sight. The UNESCO Center for Peace is not responsible for any stolen or lost valuables. Always be conscious of your surroundings.
- Campers should never open their room doors without first inquiring “who is knocking?”
- Room information should NEVER be divulged to a non-camper
- Campers should not invite other campers to their rooms: the invitation of opposite gender campers to dorms and rooms is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. This is grounds for expulsion from camp. Expelled students will be transported to their respective homes at parents/ guardians own costs.
- Campers should ALWAYS be a buddy to other campers
Campers are assigned to a group of 8-10 under direct supervision of a camp facilitator. In each group, a camper is also assigned to a ‘buddy’ available to each other at all times. Each facilitator is expected to account for his/her campers from AM room check, to PM bed check. A planned meeting place is agreed upon before the first day of camp; for each on site and offsite activity in the event that a camper becomes separated from the group. Students are NOT allowed to leave the group, activity area or camp grounds alone and without permission. If there is a reason to suspect that a missing camper cannot be found, the Camp Director will immediately contact the local, county, or state police.
Arrival / Pick-Up Times: In order for us to provide proper supervision for the safety of your child(ren), International students should provide their itinerary to the Center at least on week prior to arrival time. Because the Center is not responsible for individual pick up of small groups less that five people, agreement with accredited transportation agencies have been made to provide safe pick-up and drop-off at a reasonable cost. For U.S. students, parents should drop students at the camp site on the opening day of the camp and pick them up the last day.