We know it can be tough to send your child away for a week, so let us help you with some information that will hopefully ease your mind (well, at least a little…)
We believe that a good camp is a safe camp. Here at The Wilds of New England, we take the safety of our campers very seriously.
In many ways, safety begins with our staff. Since this is true, here are a few things that we require of our staff:
The selection of our staff includes criminal background checks, pastoral references, and general references from colleges, friends, and close associates.
Attendance of our Safety and Camper Protection sessions are required for all staff during our Staff Training Week.
Every staff member must complete certification through Ministry Safe Awareness Training before arriving at camp for the summer.
All Lifeguards must have current Red Cross Lifeguard certifications.
All Zipline operators have to be thoroughly trained.
Our nurses must have current RN certifications.
Keeping the campers safe continues before the campers make their way to camp as we require them to sign their name to the fact that they have read the General Information section.
This information informs them of the things they should not bring to camp (lighters, matches, firearms, fireworks, etc). Once the campers have arrived on camp, we give them clear instructions on how to stay safe during the week. These instructions include:
A reminder that they agreed to obey all camp rules and policies.
A reminder that they should not have brought or use matches, lighters, firearms, fireworks, etc.
The consequences of smoking, bullying, stealing, and moral issues.
Where to go in the event of bad weather.
Where to find the nurses.
Where their safe boundaries are (stay out of the woods, highway, etc.).
While we cannot prevent every injury at camp, we do put a whole bunch of effort to keep the campers safe and healthy. In the end, we trust God to keep us all safe so we can serve Him more.
Since we do not allow campers to have their mobile devices in the cabins, the best way to remind your child that you still love them is through a letter or card sent in the mail. You can even send them a full fledged “Care Package” too if you would like (not too many teenagers would turn down free food!) You can send your letters (and food) to:
The Wilds of New England
Attn: Your Child’s Name
1181 Deering Center Rd
Deering, NH 03244
Should you have an urgent need to speak to your child, please call us directly at 603.529.0001 and we will arrange a time as quickly as possible for you to speak to them.
To help you stay connected with what is going on at camp, we will post pictures on our Facebook page and stories on our Instagram throughout the week. You never know if your child will be the star of the next camp picture!
Although it might surprise you, we actually discourage parents from visiting during the camp week. Safety of our campers, flow of the week, and general distraction of the program all have their part in this decision.
We do highly recommend letters though! If there is a need to see your child, please contact our office to make a request. Only the Director and the Assistant Director can give permission to visit the campsite. Thank you for understanding.
If you want to really know what is going on each day, feel free to download the schedule for the week!
Have more questions? Visit our FAQ Page.