Health & Safety

At Camp Mini-Yo-We safety is our #1 priority. A safe environment enables our staff to challenge young people physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually and allow them to be the people that God wants them to be. Our aim is no injuries, no accidents, and no close calls!

Staff are chosen and trained with a view to providing a safe environment for children.

Upon arrival your child will receive a health & safety talk by an on-site nurse which informs them of the following:

  1. Sun Safety – Kids need to wear hats and lather on that sun screen when the sun is out!
  2. Water – Kids are reminded by our staff to drink, drink, drink. No dehydrated kids at this Camp!
  3. Shoes – Flip flops aren’t great when you’re playing a wide-game in the dark. We instruct kids to wear the appropriate food-wear for the activities they are participating in throughout the day.

HEAD LICE

The head louse is a tiny insect that lives on human heads. Head lice is a common problem amongst children and can occasionally pops up at Camp Mini-Yo-We.

As a community living in close quarters, head lice can spread quickly and be hard to eliminate. In an effort to prevent lice, we have requested that all parents check their child’s head for lice before coming to camp. We recommend checking for lice both one week, and one day, before arrival. Despite this request, lice has occasionally been an issue at Camp over the years. Therefore we establish the following lice policy.

Lice Policy: During Sunday check-in, each camper will be checked for head lice. If any lice or nits are found, the camper will be asked to return home. Once the camper is lice or nit free, they will have the following options:

  1. Choose Another Week: Parents can bring their child back for another week of equal value during the current summer, if space is available.
  2. Refund: In the event another week is not available, two-thirds of the fee for the remainder of their camp session will be refunded

BED BUGS

Bed bugs are small insects that can arrive at Camp in the bedding of unsuspecting campers and guests. This problem is not unique to camps and is often noted in homes, schools, and hotels throughout North American. Despite the attempts of parents to eliminate this issue, beg bugs has occasionally been an issue at Camp, and therefore we have established the following bed bug policy.

Bed Bug Policy:

  1. Parents are not permitted to send a child to camper if they are aware of a bed bug issue at the child’s home.
  2. If the existence of bed bugs is confirmed, Camp staff will utilize a proven extermination protocol to eliminate the bugs. This process includes relocating the affected camper, heat treating the campers bedding and clothes, and using heat to destroy existing bugs, larva, and eggs. We do not use harsh or restricted chemicals as a treatment method. Upon identification campers will be immediately relocated to an alternative sleeping location. Younger campers are told that their cabin is getting a special cleaning, while older campers will be given a more full explanation. Parents will receive a specific notification regarding the steps being take for treatment and relocation.

Best Practices

We also want to inform you of good practices to prevent taking bed bugs home. When returning home from Camp (or a hotel, boarding school, university residence, etc.) it is advisable to take precautions with bedding and clothing.

We suggest you do the following when returning from Camp:

  • Do not leave clothes, bedding, or bags where bugs could crawl out and escape before treating.
  • Wash clothes and bedding in warm or hot water immediately and then place them in a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes.