Young Life camping is a significant part of the mission of Young Life. Young Life’s priority for kids at camp is to keep them safe. Below are standard practices Young Life employs to take care of kids at camp:
- All campers must submit a Health Consent and Release Form signed by their parents or guardians before arriving at camp.
- Once at camp, no camper is allowed to leave the camp without written consent to leave from his or her parent or guardian. No one under the age of 21 can pick up a camper from camp.
- Each camp has procedures and guidelines for visitors at camp.
- All camps are staffed with at least one licensed emergency medical technician. All of Young Life’s camps – with the exception of two – are 30 minutes or less from a hospital. Therefore, these two camps are staffed by a physician meeting certain specialty requirements. Young Life meets or exceeds all state medical professional requirements.
- When a camper is at the infirmary, he or she is never privately examined. Any camper visiting the infirmary is accompanied by a Young Life staff person or volunteer leader for the entire duration of the examination.
- Young Life staff assigned to serve at the camps during the summer receive comprehensive training for their roles at camp.
- Work crew and summer staff, which are groups of high school and college students who volunteer to serve at the camp, complete a Background Questionnaire that requests the disclosure of misconduct. Criminal background checks are also run on those volunteers who are 18 or older.
- Each camp is equipped to execute general safety plans during the course of normal camp activities and crisis plans when necessary.
- The presence of between 100 and 150 caring adults on camp during any given week ensures that the activities of kids are closely monitored.
About Young Life Challenge Course Elements
Young Life owns and operates 28 resort-quality camps in North America, hosting nearly 260,000 guests annually. Campers participate in supervised activities, some of which include challenge course elements like zip lines, swings, and high ropes courses.
Young Life maintains the highest level of safety and standards in operation of all of our activities at camp. Our challenge courses are inspected annually and approved by certified third-parties. Equipment on Young Life properties is compliant with the most stringent safety standards in the industry even when lesser standards would be permissible. All elements are facilitated and supervised by our staff who have been fully trained and certified to do so, ensuring your child's comfort and safety.Additional information about Young Life Challenge Courses.