Is your child’s camp safe?

Do you assume the camp you chose for your kids will be safe? Have you asked the appropriate questions that would give you confidence in the camp? When we asked this question of friends and family sending their kids to camp, most parents with a slight blush and timid smile reported that their main concerns were:

  • Will my child have friends at the camp

  • Expense of the camp

  • Location of camp

  • Activities their children will be experiencing

Not one parent thought to ask

  • what is the camp’s risk assessment for safety?

  • What is their safety record?

  • Health precautions?

  • Have the counselors been trained? If so what exactly are they trained in?

  • Have they ever experienced any abuse problems in the past?

  • What safety precautions has the camp put in place so my children will be safe?

Wow – it’s an eye opener…so ask yourself now have you EVER asked these questions to a director or even thought about them before? What would you do 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, after having that information would choose to send their child to a different camp….But how do you know the prior safety record of a camp if you don’t ask? You can’t always find all the information you need from Google nor from asking a friend what they think of the camp.


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. So, with that said we have a challenge for you- We want to 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 (including teen counselors)?

  • How do you screen for possible sex offenders?

  • During your interview process do you discuss boundaries – appropriate or inappropriate touches? Bullying?

  • Do you offer your employee’s clear policies about sexual misconduct and consequences – are these policies in writing 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?

  • Are you accredited by the ACA ? (

Your children deserve to go to a camp that takes their personal safety as seriously as you do. So please 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. But please don’t stop there….Talk with your children about their personal safety. Talk with them about “what if” scenarios so you can see if they will come up with the safest and smartest choices when away from you. Let your children know they can talk to you about ANYTHING!!!


Most importantly have a conversation with your child about

  • Personal Boundaries

  • safe and unsafe touches

  • Reporting to a trusted adult if they are uncomfortable or feel confused by anything

  • their bodies are special and belong to them

  • they have the right to be safe

  • they have the right to say “No” even to an adult

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. We owe it ourselves to allow our children the freedom to experience new things without us and feel that we have done everything we can to ensure their safety.

After all, don’t you think your children are worth it?


"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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