Camp Safety

Our 3 Safety Areas

At Impact 2818, we build systems around this motto; “Bad things don’t happen here because we don’t let them.” In planning, we conceptualize every possible end result to remove any guess work in keeping your child safe. It has given us a tremendous history sending campers home safely each year.

Spiritual Safety

Spiritual safety for an individual includes not being forced, coerced, or made to feel like an outsider based upon her beliefs.

We keep spiritual components simple to accommodate the beliefs and values in the Christian spectrum. We will not baptize, require communion, or teach on speaking in tongues. As a ministry of the United Methodist Church, we uphold their practices, while recognizing and valuing that different denominations and churches have different concepts of what is right and beneficial. It is important for us that we respect these beliefs, as well.

Every camper will make a decision of some sort regarding Jesus Christ. That decision may be: an acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior, to continue seeking God’s will in his life, or to do nothing. Even choosing nothing is making a decision, and whatever campers choose is perfectly okay. We cannot determine, judge, qualify, or eliminate God’s timeline. Where God harvested in one camper’s spirit, God may have watered another’s and planted seeds in still another’s. It is essential that we value all campers and all decisions as good and part of God’s holy plans.

We will not use tactics like, prosperity, the fear of death or hell, or any ideas that cheapen the Gospel as ways to coerce campers into accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It is a disservice to everyone. The weight of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit are fully capable of working in a camper’s life. When we provide a Christ-like loving environment while sharing Jesus and the Word, God will do what God will do.


Emotional Safety

No child should ever feel unsafe being or expressing themselves in appropriate ways, expecially not while at a safe and inclusive environment like a church camp. Our team diligently chases out unacceptable interactions like hazing, bullying, threats, cliques, favoritism and mockery.

Our team will stand for your child. It is our greatest joy to live out the gospel through camp as we create environments where everyone is embraced and valued as the child of God they are.

Challenge By Choice – Camps provide a wonderful opportunity to help students overcome fears and challenges in a positive and encouraging environment where it is also safe to fall short of a goal. Our Challenge By Choice philosophy gives campers the ability to size up features like the climbing walls, zip lines, etc. and determine if and how they wish to participate. They are encouraged, not forced or coerced, to engage in the activities that might make them slightly uncomfortable; this provides an opportunity to overcome. Our staff and counselors will help the child establish achievable goals and adjust them as needed. No camper is ever made to feel bad for choosing not to participate in an activity; instead, alternative ways for them to participate as helpers and encouragers will be made.


Physical Safety

All of the counselors are properly trained and prepared, the features (waterfront, ropes courses, etc) are effectively staffed and diligently checked to rigorous standards, and camp medics, along with all of our staff, are well prepared for everything from bumps and bruises to unexpected situations.

The welfare of our campers and guests is our utmost priority. Every individual on site, with the exception of campers, is run through the National Sex Offender Public Registry and Area Records Criminal Background Check.

All Impact 2818 program staff are CPR and First Aid Certified through the American Red Cross. Any treatment of campers is done in accordance with our First Aid Protocol & Procedure book.

All medication must be brought in its original labeled container and given to the Camp Medic at Check-In on the first day of camp.
All camper medication is stored and administered by the Camp Medic.
Inhalers, bee-sting kits and EpiPen’s are exceptions and are carried by the camper’s counselor (by them, if high school) and administered as needed.
Camp Adventure, Camp Indicoso, Camp Lakewood, Pine Creek Camp, and Camp Rivervale distribute first aid supply bags to each counselor to keep with him/her at ALL times throughout the week. This bag contains supplies for treating minor injuries.
At Epworth Forest, all supplies are stored and administered by the Camp Medic. During That Thing, campers should report to the First Aid Station for cuts, bruises, scrapes, or to receive any medical treatment. Medication is handled by the local church or can be administered by the Camp Medic.