Wellness and Risk Reduction

The following gives an introduction to our approach in supporting a healthy community and protecting children while they are away from home. Please email us with any particular questions. 

Three Campers

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

As a member of the American Camp Association, Hidden Valley is subject to regular standards visits. All recent visits have resulted in perfect scores on all mandatory requirements and ratings of 95-100% on 250+ items which examine all aspects of the camp's operation. Similarly, the Maine State Dept. of Human Services has established a regime of annual inspections which look at all camp areas. 

WELLNESS EFFORTS

  • 3 RNs in residence, 3 commuting RNs
  • All health and response protocols reviewed by physicians annually.
  • Camp pediatricians trained at Harvard and Yale. They are located in Belfast, 17 miles away and available for daily consultation.
  • Well-equipped professional Health Lodge handles all medication, first aid, etc.
  • Prevention program includes sanitation regimes, daily discussion of benefits of drinking water, using sunscreen, etc., excellent ratio of supervising counselors, etc.
  • Hidden Valley has supported children with diabetes, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and others.
  • Extraordinary menu choices can be found here. HVC easily accommodates food allergies including gluten, dairy, nuts, etc.

PROGRAM SAFETY

  • Two week professional staff training in June.
  • Training supplemented by separate certification and other skill building intensives in higher risk areas such as equestrian, aquatics, adventure and outdoor camping programs.
  • Ongoing supervision in all program areas.
  • 3 RN's in residence, plus other Red Cross trained personnel on staff
  • In early June, Red Cross instructors and training professionals prepare lifeguards for the summer.

RISK REDUCTION EFFORTS 

  • Regular safety inspections.
  • Annual consultation with insurance companies. 
  • Longstanding relationships with Maine's best and safest bus companies. 
  • Professional driver training for camp employees. Regular vehicle maintenance.
  • High staff ratios in all program areas and cabin life. 

HIRING AND EMPLOYMENT

  • Extensive interviews and reference checks with all staff.
  • Criminal background checks of employees.
  • Continuous supervision and performance evaluation of all counselors.
  • We "overhire" in order to assure that we can set high standards and retain only optimal staff. 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE 

  • Local ambulance and fire service has toured camp and confers with directors annually. 

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