Health & Safety

The health and safety of our campers is our top priority at all times. Our camp staff works hard to create a fun and safe environment for campers. Whether it’s taking precautions in our daily activities, or through our medical facilities, we make sure that parents and families can feel confident when dropping their kids off at camp.

Health Center & Medications

Kingsley Pines’ Health Center is a safe place for campers. Our Health Center is staffed 24 hours a day by one of our registered nurses. At our medical facility, campers are able to receive prescribed medications and routine medical care from our nurses.

In addition to registered nurses, we have Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) on our staff in order to provide the best, most timely care for our campers. We make sure to contact the parents any time a camper is seen by a doctor or stays the night at our Health Center. Lastly, we have a local doctor that is available for consultation if needed and can provide additional treatment. The local hospital is located in Bridgton less than thirty minutes away and an ambulance only two miles away from camp.

American Camp Association Accreditation

ACA accreditation verifies that Kingsley Pines complies with more than 300 health, safety, and quality standards that are recognized by courts of law and government regulators. These standards touch on every facet of camp from staff qualifications, emergency management training, food service, health care, transportation and more. With this accreditation, parents and families can be reassured that by choosing Kingsley Pines, their children are at a camp committed to the safety of their campers.

In addition Kingsley Pines is a member of Maine Summer Camps, an organization that brings the leaders of Maine camps together for continuing education and discussion of the latest issues in camping. Our staff also attend conferences and education events to stay up to date on issues effecting children and the camp world.

Staff Training

Campers have a significant amount of independence at camp, but our well-trained and highly selective staff also closely supervises them. A staff member always sits with campers at meals and stays in the cabin at night. At no time are campers left alone. During free times we strategically assign staff members to cover areas where the campers congregate. All our staff are trained in emergency procedures and have staff certifications that meet or exceed ACA standards. Additionally, camp staff attends a 7-day training/orientation period before camp sessions begin.

Activity Safety

We ensure that all campers are safe and properly supervised during all camp activities. Our staff has significant training in rescue procedures and monitoring the physical and emotional safety of campers as they participate in activities. Whether it’s waterfront activities or outdoor adventure activities, our staff is trained and required to follow strict protocols. Some safety measures we take during camp activities include:

  • Over 20 lifeguards at camp, all trained in first aid, CPR, and lifesaving with additional pre-camp training.
  • Lifejacket requirements at every waterfront activity except swimming.
  • Check-in requirements for campers during all activities.
  • An annual professional inspection of climbing towers, rope areas, and activity equipment.
  • Daily check for ropes, harnesses, helmets, and other adventure gear.

If you have specific questions regarding health and safety at camp, we encourage you to contact us for more information.