As a parent, you want to know everything about how our camp operates and how we are going to keep your child safe. Please browse our camp policies below to learn about our emergencies procedures, our illness and injuries policies, and other helpful rules and guides.
Our number one goal as an organization is the safety of each person, staff member, and guest that participates in our events and programs. When the unthinkable happens, the outcome of any emergency is how well prepared and trained the staff is in handling the crisis. Throughout our 12-day intensive staff training, our team members are trained in not only preventative steps to avert major emergencies but are also trained in a Plan of Action (POA) for any individual emergency that might arise. These POAs are practiced as real-life drills throughout staff training, and the subsequent procedures are revisited throughout the summer. Team members are trained to follow POAs for the following emergencies: Lost Camper, Severe Weather (Tornados), Drowning, Fire, Natural Gas Leak, and Unidentified Persons. In each of these cases, team members are trained on the specific steps in the Plan of Action for each emergency, and a thorough working knowledge and competency of each POA is expected of each team member by the completion of training. Should you have any questions about our procedures or POAs, please do not hesitate to contact Executive Director, Kevin Cullum, at (563) 488-3893.
For many kids, camp is one of the first experiences he or she has to be away from home for an extended period of time. Sometimes the myriad of emotions, fear, anxiety, and uncertainty about the camp experience can lead a camper to become homesick. Our team members are trained to deal with homesickness and all the emotions that come along with it. We instill a compassionate spirit into each of our team members that assists them in dealing gently with homesick campers. Our policy does not allow campers to call their parents; however, in extreme cases where the emotional well-being of the camper would greatly benefit from it, a director will contact the parents or guardians by phone and may allow the camper to speak with their parent. We have found that even in the most extreme cases this brief phone contact helps to alleviate many of the problems associated with homesickness; however, calling home is reserved for only the most extreme cases. Rarely will a camper be sent home due to homesickness.
Illness and Injury Policy
Should a serious injury or illness occur above and beyond basic first aid treatment, a director will immediately notify the parents or guardians to inform them of the injury or illness. In the event that the injury or illness prevents the camper from returning to their cabin unit, a director will arrange for a parent or guardian to come and take home their camper. Each of our team members is certified in Child & Adult CPR/First Aid, and the camp additionally utilizes the services of volunteer nurses throughout the summer.
After registering for camp, each camper and their parent/guardian will be required to sign the following contract:
Because Camp Wyoming will be my home for a period of time this summer, I agree to make it a safe place for myself and others; therefore, I agree to conduct myself in the following manner:
- I will respect myself and others.
- I will listen to others including staff and fellow campers.
- I will control my own behavior and use appropriate language.
- I will not cause physical or emotional harm to other campers or staff.
- I will not bully other campers or staff.
- I will respect the environment, camp equipment, property, and other campers’ belonging.
- I will wear appropriate clothing and footwear for all activities at camp.
- I will not possess or use alcohol, tobacco, illegal substances, or any paraphernalia.
- I will not engage in or threaten abuse of any kind.
Discipline Policy: Camp operates on a three strike policy. A strike can be given by any staff member for any infraction of the above behavior contract. After a second strike is given, the Associate Director will contact my parent(s)/guardian(s). Upon a third strike, I will be sent home and my parent(s)/guardian(s) will be required to pick me up that day. Camp Wyoming has a zero tolerance policy on bullying and the possession or use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances. Breaking this policy will result in an immediate three strikes, and I will be sent home.
By signing below, I am indicating that I have reviewed this Camper Behavior Contract with my parent(s)/guardian(s) and agree to abide by the rules. I understand that in the event I am sent home, no refund will be given. Following these rules will help camp be a safer environment for everyone.
Dress Code and Attire
After registering for camp, each camper and their parent will be required to sign the following dress code statement:
In order to create an appropriate atmosphere whereby all campers can grow and learn, I agree to abide by the following dress considerations:
- I will wear clothing that completely covers my undergarments and does not expose my chest or stomach.
- I will wear a one piece swimming suit, tankini that covers my stomach, or board shorts or trunks (for guys).
- I will not wear sleeveless t-shirts with the sleeves cut below my armpit.
By signing below, I agree to abide by the above considerations for my attire.
The Administration of Communion
At Camp Wyoming, we recognize that many of our campers come from different denominations and backgrounds. Sometimes, we may serve communion at a worship service. In order to ensure that no camper takes communion against their parents’/guardians’ wishes, we have created a statement detailing our beliefs regrading the sacrament of communion and how it will be administered. Every parent/guardian will have the chance to indicate whether or not they wish for their camper to partake in communion at camp. The statement is as follows:
The Sacrament of Communion is an outward and visible sign and seal of the promises God makes through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It nourishes the faith of believers in the Church community and unites Christians. If the camp offers communion in its worship, the camp will use bread and grape juice to symbolize the body and bread of Jesus Christ. An ordained pastor will officiate the communion and will be accompanied by another pastor or elder. Presbyterians have an open table, meaning that if you trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior you are welcome to participate regardless of denominational affiliation.