Rotary Youth Camp Inc. takes the risks present during camp seriously and work to minimize as best we can. However, we do recognize and facilitate the undertaking of activities where the risk of injury is present and take all necessary precautions to prevent injury.
We have had splinters, bruises, small cuts, bug bites, abrasions, blisters, sprains, and concussions. With the exception of the latter, we see all of these, summer after summer.
We have 45+ plus staff members for 40 campers, each session. Considering in the school classroom for disabled children not in a mainstream setting there are about 2 aides and 1 teacher for 8-10 children. We try to operate with a 1:1 ratio, occasionally we may have a 2:1 camper to counselor, but this is a rarity. Our other staff, are Unit heads, Assistant Directors, Medical, Grounds and Kitchen. There are eyes and hands everywhere.
The permissible ratio in Florida of lifeguards for swimmers is 1:25. Our campers are divided into groups of 10 – 12. Each counselor is required to go to the pool during swim time and unless medically excused are required to get into the pool. We have a lifeguard on duty at all times.
Staff receives over 40 hours of training prior to the arrival of campers.
There is pre-training preparation required of staff members
A nurse, EMT, or nurse practitioner resides at camp while in session. We often have more than one on duty.
Rotary Youth Camp is fully committed to the health and safety of all its campers and staff.