Safety of our campers is the number one priority of every member of the Sanborn Western Camps staff. Our camp community strives to be a physically and emotionally safe place for every camper.
We have an exceptionally well trained staff. Every year we screen hundreds of applicants, and then hire approximately 100 of the most qualified, kid-centric, outdoor-skilled, college aged men and women in the country.
All staff members are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid; our selected trip leaders are also trained in Wilderness First Aid (provided by WMI of NOLS) and attend a comprehensive trip leader meeting that defines our expectations of safety, judgment, and backcountry practices.
Once hired, staffers are supplied with the most up-to-date information on child development, group dynamics, and problem solving skills. Our staff members are required to go through an extensive pre-camp staff training, where they practice skills needed to lead trips on and off the property, plan activities for the summer, and add to their "Working With Kids" toolbox through role-play scenarios and specific sessions on coping with homesickness, dealing with bullies, and developing friendship and community living skills.
When problems arise, staff members are trained to seek immediate assistance from directors, the senior staff, and the health care staff. Based on the nature of the problem, parents are promptly notified, and--in some cases--asked to assist in the resolution of the problem (please refer to the Parent FAQ's for information on specific situations).