Camp Safety

General Camp Safety

  • We want to have tons of fun at camp.  There will be organized events we want you to be part of but there will also be lots of free time to do things that you find interesting and fun.  Working together to follow a few safety rules helps make camp a fun experience for everyone. 
  • Do not wander away from the camp area even with a buddy.
  • If you want to explore the area and go for a hike during free time, find a group of boys who want to go with you and there will be adult leaders who are happy to go with you too.  You need an adult leader to be with you.
  • Do not swim (or even wade) in bodies of water except for designated swimming areas.  They are generally not in our camp so swimming is restricted to times and locations that are organized and planned.
  • Some activities include instructions related to safety so please follow those instructions closely.
  • No fires except during our fire building activity and our nightly campfire.
  • Do not use your knives until after our knife safety training and then, if you use your knife, follow the principles you were taught in knife safety training.
  • We have first aid kits.  If you have an injury even if it’s a simple cut please check with an adult leader.
  • Do not enter a tent that is not yours.
  • If you see something that is physically, emotionally, or spiritually dangerous notify a camp leader.

 

Heat Exhaustion

Avoid heat exhaustion by wearing sunscreen and drinking plenty of water.  Drink water.  Then drink more water.  There’s going to be some physical exertion and you’ll be sweating but honestly even if you did nothing but sit in a chair it will get hot and you will get dehydrated so drink water.  Then drink more water.  We also have flavoring for some of the water if you prefer that.

If you find you don’t need to use the bathroom please don’t think “hey what a great time saver!” That is a warning sign that you’ve been dehydrated for a while.  You need to immediately be drinking water.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion may start suddenly or progress over time, especially with prolonged periods of exercise. Possible heat exhaustion symptoms include:

  • Cool, moist skin with goosebumps when in the heat.
  • Heavy sweating.
  • Faintness.
  • Dizziness.
  • Fatigue.
  • Weak, rapid pulse.
  • Low blood pressure upon standing.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Nausea.
  • Headache.

Recovery from heat exhaustion:

  • Stop all activity and rest.
  • Move to a cooler place.
  • Drink water.

If an adult leader tells you that you need to stop and take a break and drink some water then even if you are having fun or not thirsty you need to take a break, rest, and drink some water.  Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke which can lead to you going to the hospital.  Taking a break, resting, and drinking water isn’t stopping the fun, it’s making it so the fun can continue.

 

Disease Prevention

  • Unclean hands are the most common method for transmitting diseases.
  • Practice good hygiene. Wash hands when and where you can but at a minimum please use hand sanitizer after using the bathroom, before eating, etc.
  • We’re camping but to the degree we can, please use good housekeeping practices.  Clean eating and cooking dishes and utensils.
  • Clean and cover cuts and scrapes.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.

 

Swimming

  • Stay in the approved swimming areas.
  • Have a swimming buddy who is of similar swimming skill level as you are.
  • Swim with your buddy… not just at the same time as your buddy but literally with your buddy.  If you notice your buddy isn’t with you then stop and find him.  If you don’t see him within 10 seconds then you should be alerting the lifeguard.
  • Do not swim beyond your skill level and beyond where you feel comfortable.  If your buddy wants to go past your skill level ask him to wait so you two can buddy up with someone else.
  • You are not swimming if there is not an adult acting as lifeguard.
  • There is no shame in wearing a life jacket while swimming.  Many of us do not have a lot of swimming opportunities and are still learning and wearing a life jacket is a great way to start.

(See https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/church-safety-and-health/swimming-safety

 

Lightning

  • If you hear thunder and are in the water then immediately get out of the water and away from the waters edge.
  • Move away from the open fields and elevated areas and move to the lower lying areas near camp.
  • Don’t lie or sit on the ground.
  • If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:
  • As instructed we may move to enclosed, metal-topped vehicles with the windows up.

(See lightning safety tips from NOAA’s National Weather Service)