STAFF SUPERVISION & RULES
Our first priority at Camp Mak-A-Dream is safety. We have many rules and procedures in place to ensure that campers are safe and comfortable during their stay. Our campus is closed to unauthorized visitors as well as being tobacco and alcohol free.
During the summer season, in addition to the foundation staff charged with overseeing the program, we hire up to 15 seasonal staff and up to 100 volunteers to assist us in running Camp. All prospective staff, both full summer and weekly, participates in an extensive application, interview and training process. Background checks are conducted on all staff attending either Sibs Camp. Our summer staff spends several days training on campus prior to the first session learning about all aspects of Camp; from its history and mission to emergency procedures. Some summer positions require certification or special training (lifeguard and adventure course), all require CPR certification.
Summer staff assists in the training of weekly volunteers and act as a resource and guide throughout the week. Volunteers assist in all areas of Camp, in the cabins, health center and kitchen. To ensure that each camper has a safe, fun and enriching experience, the camper to staff ratio at younger Sibs Camp is generally 2:1 and 4:1 at the older Sibs Camp depending upon the specific needs of the group. Cabin staff sleeps in the rooms with campers during both of these sessions. In some situations, campers may need more one-on-one supervision. If we have a clear idea of those specific needs before the child reaches Camp, we can better prepare for appropriate staff assistance. Our goal is to give staff what they need to help us achieve our mission; to give campers the best week of their lives.