In July, 2011 a terrorist entered a youth camp in Norway. Disguised as a police officer he gained access to the camp and received the trust of many campers. Due to the camp’s remote location, the police did not arrive until 90 minutes later, but more than 75 campers had already been killed. This tragedy brings to light some important improvements that, if your organization is not currently doing, could provide higher levels of safety and security to your camp.
In 86% of the recent visits to our customers, Redwoods employees were able to get inside of the building without being questioned. This statistic stresses the ease with which a non- member could enter your facility and have access to the camp program. To lessen the likelihood of this occurring, double-check that:
Upon entry into a camp program area, Redwoods employees were questioned about their presence less than half of the time.
Typically, interaction with the children by strangers went unchallenged by counselors.
The act of confronting a stranger about the validity of their presence may be intimidating to some counselors, but it is important to stress the difference between being confrontational and conversational. Striking up a conversation with any unfamiliar face that enters the room is extremely important.
Consistent and strict compliance with all of these tips can greatly increase the security of your camp and the well being of all children involved.