We make a fuss about safety, so your kids can make a fuss about fun.
Safety is our top priority. We take the physical, spiritual, and emotional safety of your kids very seriously. We partner with the pros in kid safety to make sure we create space for campers to flourish. Our Summer Staff are trained on well-thought safety policies, and work to ensure that each camper that attends WinShape has a fun and safe experience. Below are a few of these many and various ways we work to keep your camper safe in the summer.
Your camper's medical safety is very important to us! At each of our overnight locations, we have a 24-hour nursing staff available if needed. To ensure safety of all campers, medicine is not allowed in campers' rooms, with the exception of EpiPens and inhalers, which campers are allowed to have on their person. In regards to allergies, we are a nut-free campus, and we work closely with our food services to accommodate any dietary-related allergies. In case of any emergency, all our overnight locations are equipped with AED machines, and staff are aware of their locations on campus and how to use them.
- 24-Hour Nursing Staff On Site
- Nut-Free Campus & Allergy Awareness
- Emphasis On Hydration Each Day
At all of our camp locations, we enforce a 1-2 rule with all campers. This ensures that campers are always in groups of at least three – in rooms, going from one location to the next, or on bathroom breaks – at all times! Along with this, we keep a ratio of 1 adult per 4-6 campers at every camp. This allows us to be aware of every camper in our care and assure our promise of a fun and safe camp experience. During all check-in and check-outs, you will be asked to bring your photo ID or use our system to guarantee camper safety. At all of our pools and lakes, we have certified lifeguards and administer swim tests at the beginning of the camp session in order to properly monitor and keep your camper safe at all times.
- 1-2 Rule For All Campers
- 1 Staff Per 4-6 Campers
- Secure Check-In/Out Systems
- Certified Lifeguards & Swim Tests
We are committed to your camper’s safety and have a thorough hiring process – including an extensive application, references, in-person interview, background checks, and training – to ensure our Summer Staff are top-notch. We equip every Summer Staff with appropriate responses for all potential scenarios and have our Full-Time leadership team on site during the summer to maintain standards of safety protocols and processes.
One of the first things we do at camp is teach all campers the Honor Code. It goes like this: “Because I want to honor God, I will be honest, be positive, show respect for property, staff, and campers.” Our summer staff are trained to: 1) step into the situation, 2) talk to pertinent parties about the situation, 3) offer solution to situation, and 4) play it out (STOP). The last step, Play It Out, is our three-strike violation of the Honor Code. Our hope is that campers start and finish a full session, but we will ask campers to leave and dismiss them from camp at the third strike. This helps us avoid further Honor Code violations and bullying, and ultimately have a fun and safe experience for all campers.
Emergency Action Plan
We want to be prepared even for those situations we hope will never happen. For this reason, our full-time teams at our overnight locations are equipped and also train our Summer Staff to know how to execute our Emergency Action Plan in case an emergency should take place on campus. At our day camp locations, we work closely with our church hosts to ensure they have the same level of security and action plan as they would during any large church event or VBS week. Those plans and protocols are then communicated to our staff on location that week for camp. We always hope to never have to utilize these plans, but want to be proactive and prepared and make you feel comfortable leaving your camper in our care.
Disconnect To Connect
We disconnect from technology because we believe this creates an environment and experience that allows campers to hear the message of Jesus without distractions from the outside world, as well as connect with God, other campers and staff. For this reason, we ask our staff and campers to not bring their cellphones, computers, or other types of technology. Our leadership team at each camp location will still have their cellphones and can be contacted or contact parents if needed. We also have an emergency contact number for parents to use after hours in case of an emergency. We ask Summer Staff to only friend or follow parents of campers on social media; we believe this creates a safe way for Summer Staff and campers to interact on social media under the supervision of their parents.