Our health care staff consists chiefly of two registered nurses and a Doctor, who are responsible for the overall health of our campers and camp as a whole. An off-site physician reviews and approves in writing all standing orders which are revised and updated annually prior to each summer’s opening. Medical care is available on a 24-hour basis by our RNs. A log is kept of any and all treatment provided.
Campers are not required to have a physical or health screening prior to their arrival at camp. However, there is a required Health History form that must be filled out by a parent or guardian. Please find this in your account in mid-April or later. All medications are prepackaged in "bubble packs" by Sunshine Pharmacy in Black Mountain, NC, and are distributed to your child by our Medical Team. The pharmacy will contact each camp family by phone to discuss the details of your camper's medication before you arrive.
To learn more about nursing opportunities with our camps, call us at 800-968-1630 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more in the Staff section of our web site.
For trips out of camp, we hire and train experienced staff to meet the medical needs of our campers. All Village Directors are Red Cross certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED. Waterfront staff maintain Lifeguard and waterfront module certification as well as CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Trip staff hold a minimum Wilderness First-Aid certification and some are trained Wilderness First Responders.
Almost all of our staff on property are certified in NC to administer Epinephrine (Epi-Pens) if necessary. Furthermore, EMS and other first responders are only 3 miles away.
Safety at camp is of utmost importance. We desire for all of our campers to have the experience of a lifetime, pursuing adventure and new challenges. We want them to have the opportunity to do all of this in a safe, managed environment.
1) The way we recruit, screen, and hire our staff. Most of our staff are referred to us by existing or former staff. This is an advantage because there is already a contact that we trust who knows the applicant personally. Furthermore, there is an extensive application process with four references that are checked before we even conduct an interview. In addition to the application, a background check is conducted as well as a check on the National Sex Offender Registry. Once an applicant passes this round of the process, we conduct a hour long interview, as well as a follow up interview with our Assistant Director. By the time summer arrives we will have between 300-400 applicants that we will not hire, showing that serving with Ridgecrest Summer Camps is an opportunity that we don't take lightly.
2) The policies we put into place that are designed to protect both campers and staff. As we create policies and foster our camp culture, we keep the protection and safety of our campers in mind. There are policies that ensure one-on-one talks with campers and staff take place in our open common areas. Our campers and staff move in groups rather than pairs throughout the property. And campers are to always be within "ear-shot" of multiple staff. These policies, and others like them, exist to protect both our campers and the staff as well.
3) The training our staff receive. Before any of our staff ever step foot on our property, they must complete multiple online courses including quizzes that are designed to educate and equip them in a number of important areas pertaining to their role with children. Each staff person is also required to complete Abuse Prevention Training that will empower all of our staff to, as a team, actively protect the campers that are in our care. Once the staff arrive, we conduct a 9-12 day hands on training period (depending on their position.) A large amount of time is spent making sure that our staff are prepared to keep your children safe while in our care.
These policies and practices are reviewed each year to ensure that we do everything within our power to protect the campers and staff that are on our property and a part of our camp family.