Do you assume your child’s camp is safe?

Do you assume your child’s camp is safe? Important questions every parent needs to ask……Every summer if we are lucky we send our children off to what we think will be a fun and safe summer. Why do we assume the camp we chose for our kids will be safe? Have we asked the appropriate questions that would give us confidence in the camp? Most parents report being more concerned with what activities their children will be experiencing then the camps risk assessment for safety.

But if you had prior knowledge that the camp you are sending your child to had numerous accidents, revolving door of counselors through the years and a counselor that had harmed a child – wouldn’t you want to know? I think we all can agree that we would want to know and most parents having that information would choose to send their child to a different camp….Yet we asked a number of mothers what made you sign your kid up to that particular camp – the answers: his/her friend was going, great sports program, emphasis on tennis, my friend said it was great.We spend more time trying to find out the safety rating of the car we drive then we do the safety of the camp we are sending our precious children to.

We want to challenge you to take the safety of your child to a new level by asking the director of the camp the following questions:Are criminal background checks performed on all your employees? Is each person checked through the National Sex offender registry? Do you conduct interviews and reference checks on all employees? How do you screen for possible sex offenders? During your interview process do you discuss boundaries – appropriate or inappropriate Touches? Do you offer your employee’s clear policies about sexual misconduct and consequences – are they in an employee handbook? What steps are you taking to decrease the risk of sexual abuse at your camp? What steps are you taking to decrease the risk of bullying at camp? What type of training do you offer your staff? Do you offer training to staff to prevent sexual abuse and bullying? Are you licensed by the state? Your children deserve to go to a camp that takes their personal safety as seriously as you do.

So take the time to ask your Camp Director these questions, so you can be satisfied and confident that the camp you are sending your child to is doing everything they can to ensure your child’s safety. We owe it to our children to send them to a camp we feel confident has done its best to educate and train their staff on prevention education so that your child will have a safe and happy summer. After all, don’t you think your children are worth it?

Testimonials

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be included in the KidSafe program. I highly recommend this program to other schools. We hope that we will be given the same opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students to be a part of this wonderful program during the 2016-2017 school year."

Mrs. Keelyn Meselsohn 2nd Grade Teacher/Team Leader Tradewinds Elementary School

"The Safe and Smart Series Book My Body Is Special and Belongs To Me is kept in my middle school clinic and has been a tool that has opened many conversations for me between students that have experienced a difficult situation and were unable to talk about it. Through the illustrations and nonjudgmental verbiage the author has allowed kids permission to share their feelings about invasion of their personal space. Thank you so much."

Nurse Connie, PBC School Nurse 6.8.2016

"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

Christina Kranick

“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

Tara Henley Admissions Assistant, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Ft. Lauderdale

I am a parent of two Pine Crest children and I attended your program on Monday night. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the very informative seminar. As hard as it was to hear all of those things, it was very needed. We were thrilled that you were able to come and share that very important information with us and our children. So again...thank you.

Elisa Aronberg

Today’s training was awesome! It was very informative. Sally was a very good resource, she motivated us a lot! We want to pass on this information to parents, teachers and students! Thank you for offering workshops like this. These are tools we use to continue serving our children and families.

Participant from Children’s Services Council of Broward Seminar

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