All Campers and Staff must wear life jackets at water activities.
This past summer I was asked by a first-year camper parent, “What makes Camp Huawni a safe place for my child?” What a great question. With all the great summer camps in Texas, what things can you really check out to make sure your child is having a fun but also safe experience? While there are no perfect camps, here are seven things we do to make Camp Huawni a safe place for your child.
In addition to state health code requirements, summer camps in Texas and across the United States have the option to be accredited by some sort of camping authority. In our case, we are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). ACA accreditation means that we voluntarily participate in a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of our operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. Keeping ACA standards is a pretty arduous process.
Only about 25% of America’s 12,000 camps are ACA accredited.
The key to a great camp is and will always be the quality of the counselors for your kiddos. Obviously, the more counselors we have, the more time we’ll be able to invest in your child. The average sleepaway camp has about an 8 to 1 camper to counselor ratio. At Camp Huawni we have a 3 to 1 camper to counselor ratio.
Another great question you may be asking is “What is the tenure of the counseling staff?” Most summer camps spend a good chunk of the off-season recruiting 50% or more of their incoming summer staff. This is a huge luxury for Camp Huawni as we have a great return ratio of counselors each year. In fact, being a Huawni counselor is so competitive that only 7.7% of new staff applicants get hired. Likewise, our cabin counselors have been coming to Huawni for an average of 7.4 years – we know them, their family, and their closest friends.
Two non-negotiable guidelines we adhere by are:
1. Your kids are always in groups with two or more counselors.
2. Nearly every special event and night activity are experienced with the entire Camp; counselors are assigned to specific areas and kids to make sure all campers are supervised.
This is an easy one, but we make sure your child stays clean. Washing hands before all meals is a big deal – the last thing your child wants is to get sick and miss the 2nd and best week of Camp!
One of the best ways to find out about whether or not our summer camp is a good fit for your child is to ask other Huawni families whose children have long since experienced the joy that is Huawni. There’s a reason that our campers return summer after summer, and we want you to find out why.
Okay, you’ve probably heard enough of our insight on safety. So what about real-life stories? What are kids and parents saying?