Camp Christopher would like all campers to have an excellent experience during their stay. Catholic Charities spends the first weeks of the summer preparing camp counselors and staff to provide the best possible care to every camper by providing education and training on topics like First Aid and CPR, safety protocols, and various topics in camper development. During employee orientation, Catholic Charities stresses that although there are clear policies and procedures for daily operations, camp counselors must strive to be flexible and responsive to each individual camper’s needs. But in order to best serve every camper, parents and caregivers must also cooperate.
It is essential that parents and caregivers provide honest information about each camper’s behavior and needs. Camp Christopher provides supervision of campers according to ratios recommended by the American Camp Association. If a camper has demanding behaviors that will require more support than is normally available, it is best to disclose those needs as soon as possible so that our administration can explore additional resources that may be available. With adequate notice, Camp Christopher is able to meet some special needs. Honesty can help camp counselors and staff to prepare to handle challenges when they arise.
Camp Christopher may not be an appropriate placement for every camper. Although the program of activities offered typically leads to excellent outcomes, at times, some individuals find it difficult to adapt to the unique environment. In order to maintain the safety and well being of all of our campers, we may contact caregivers for support. Campers will be removed from the grounds in the event that he/or she is endangering himself/herself, endangering others or destroying property.