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 the Teen Heads Up Conference. 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. At our Teen Heads Up Conference we also have mentors in each cabin. These are young adult brain tumor survivors and former Heads Up participants, whose primary role is to provide one on one support to participants throughout the week. Mentors receive pre-camp training through the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, our partnering organization for this conference.
To ensure that each camper has a safe, fun and enriching experience, the camper to staff ratio at Teen HUC is generally 4:1 depending upon the specific needs of the group. Cabin staff sleeps in the rooms with campers during this session. 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.