We maintain a closed campus and all visitors are directed to check in at the lodge. Each staff member has a 14-day, intensive training period before campers arrive. Staff members are trained in all aspects of caring for the physical and emotional safety of children and all emergency procedures including becoming certified in CPR and First Aid. Those teaching higher risk activities are certified by nationally recognized organizations, such as Red Cross, Civilian Marksmanship Program, National Archery Association, and Compass Horsemanship Association. Strong Rock is accredited by the American Camp Association and follows their guidelines closely.
Covid-19 continues to impact each of us and camp is no different. Your child’s safety is our highest priority. This includes not only their physical safety, but their emotional safety as well. Therefore, we desire to give children an experience that is as normal as possible, allowing them to be kids, enjoy time with friends, and try new things, while adhering to any governmental restrictions. In 2021 we will be providing hand sanitizing stations in addition to our many hand washing stations. All equipment will be sanitized before and after use. Most of our skills and evening activities occur outside, or in open air shelters providing great airflow and reducing the risk of contracting the virus. While impossible to do with in each cabin group, we will encourage social distancing whenever possible, but do not plan on requiring the use of masks. As things continue to change frequently in regards to the virus, please be sure to check our COVID 19 update at the top of our homepage for the most up-to-date information.
Campers are required to have health insurance and a health exam before camp begins. Local physicians and a regional hospital are available in emergencies. It is our policy that a director or camp nurse will notify parents in the event of an accident, injury, or illness that results in a change in the child’s medical condition. Should a camper sustain an injury or illness at camp and need to see a physician, their personal insurance will be used. Parents will also be responsible for any co-payments and prescription costs that result. Physical forms may be printed off and can be found in your CampInTouch account. This form must be presented and properly filled out by a physician before your child is allowed to stay. Should your child have a special medical need, please contact us to discuss our ability to accommodate your individual circumstances.
There is a nurse on duty 24 hours a day during each camp session. The nurse will take good care of your child if he or she needs medical attention while at camp. You will not be contacted for minor scrapes or bruises, but should he or she spend the night in the infirmary or be taken to the doctor, you will be notified as quickly as possible. If your child has any special medical concerns, please contact us to discuss how we can best accommodate your individual needs.
All medications must be given to the nurse on the opening day of camp, and will be dispensed as prescribed. They also must be blister packed, by a pharmacist, to ensure the safety of all campers here on campus. This can be done at most local pharmacies when filling prescriptions. They may not be kept in the cabin. We keep over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, Pepto-Bismol, etc.) in the infirmary and they can be given to your child if needed. Our local pharmacy, Woody’s Pharmacy, 770-983-3510, would be happy to assist you in your prescription and daily over-the-counter needs. If using Woody’s Pharmacy, your child’s medications will be delivered to camp prior to your child’s arrival.
We believe remaining consistent with objective standards developed by thousands of camp professionals is an important part of providing the best, and safest, camp experience. ACA membership requires us to meet up to three hundred standards covering Site and Food Service, Transportation, Health and Wellness, Operational Management, Human Resources, and Program Design. Since 1910 the ACA has been an important part of making great camps even better and we are proud to be members.
We’ve never taken safety concerns lightly. ACA sets the best standards in the camping industry and that is why Strong Rock chooses to be accredited by the ACA. We proudly display the ACA accreditation logo as a stamp of approval. ACA Accreditation is the best guarantee of professionalism in camping, and it lets you know we have taken the time to insure our program and our site meets the strictest codes of safety and excellence. You’ll find ongoing improvement throughout our program, environment, staff, campers and procedures. We have an “open door” policy and are eagerly awaiting your praise or concerns.
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Fun is only second to safety! Strong Rock is proud to be the recipient of the Safety 1st Award from Markel Insurance for the last several years! The Director of Safety Education at Markel explained that Strong Rock was selected for this esteemed safety award “based on your proven safety record, which demonstrates your superior commitment to safety. We’re proud of the work you’ve done to keep the children in your care safe.” In selecting recipients of this award, Markel pays close attention to the camp’s training and facility improvements.
Strong Rock voluntarily participated in The Healthy Camp Study sponsored by The Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, The Christian Camp and Conference Association and the Association of Camp Nurses. These sponsoring organizations work together to track camp illnesses and injuries, monitor trends in camp health, identify risk and protection factors, and track/analyze appropriate intervention strategies. We chose to be a part of this study because of our commitment to the health and safety of our camp family. It is our desire to contribute to the development of programs that reduce the number of illnesses and injuries and provide very specific staff training on effective interventions. Our hope is that our participation will make a proven difference in the health awareness and performance of all camps!