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. We do this by:
- Requiring all campers to submit a Health & Consent Form signed by parent / guardian before arriving at camp.
- Once at camp, no camper is allowed to leave camp without written parental / guardian consent. Additionally, no one under the age of 21 can pick up a camper from camp.
- Every camp has strict procedures and guidelines for visitors at camp.
- All camps are staffed with at least one licensed medical professional.
- 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 two physicians and one emergency medical technician.
- When a camper is at the infirmary, he or she is never privately examined. Every camper is accompanied by a Young Life staff person or volunteer leader for the duration of the examination.
- All Young Life staff serving at camps receive comprehensive training for their specific roles at camp and in keeping kids safe.
- Work Crew and Summer Staff (groups of high school and college summer volunteers) complete a Background Questionnaire which requires the disclosure of misconduct. Criminal background checks are also run on those volunteers who are 18 and older.
- Each camp is trained and equipped to execute general safety plans and crisis management plans when necessary.
- The presence of 100 - 150 caring adults at camp during any given week ensures that the activities of kids are closely monitored.
The safety of kids is a priority in Young Life both at camp and during the school year. Our staff and volunteer leaders know they are responsible for modeling lives of hope and integrity. For a full explanation of the measures Young Life has taken to ensure the safety of kids, please visit younglife.org.Additional information about Young Life Challenge Courses.