Creating a Culture of Safety
Caring for your child or teen is a responsibility we take very seriously.
When your kid is with us, we want them to be more than just safe—we want them to thrive. That’s why we put policies in place to closely monitor activities and bring on staff and volunteers of the highest caliber. We intentionally create an atmosphere of physical, emotional, and spiritual safety.
At Impact 2818, we build systems around this motto: “Bad things don’t happen here because we don’t let them.” We plan for every type of scenario in order to keep your child safe. It has given us a tremendous history of sending campers home safely each year.
Staff & Volunteer Standards
Volunteer & Staff Standards
Our events are led by volunteer directors from our local churches. These directors recruit counselors from within their church. All counselors go through a criminal history and sex offender background check.
Staff to Camper Ratios
Primary through middle school campers are under the supervision of at least two counselors/staff at all times of the day. High school campers have some freedom but are still under adult supervision.
Primary (grades K-2) – 2:10 (2 counselors for a group of 10 campers)
Elementary (grades 3-5) – 2:14
Middle School (grades 6-8) – 2:16
High School (grades 9-13) – 2:20
Sexual Abuse Awareness
All staff and volunteers are required to complete sexual abuse awareness training through Ministry Safe (www.ministrysafe.com), an expert in the field of abuse prevention.
In Loco Parentis
In Loco Parentis training (Latin for “in the place of a parent”) walks volunteers through how to care for campers and be responsible for their safety and well-being.
Digital & Cell Phone Standards
It is camp policy that no cell phones or communication devices are to be with campers or counselors.*
In the digital age, we are immersed in constant contact and distractions through electronic devices. We want campers to experience sanctuary—to be separated from the noise that is crowding their minds and attention.
Disconnecting from digital devices can help campers:
Focus on the transforming message of the gospel.
Engage relationally and have more social conversations.
Stay safe from photo/video content with safety risks that are difficult to monitor effectively.
Other ways to connect with your camper:
Put notes in their luggage.
*Only camp management staff and directors carry cell phones on site, to be used at appropriate times for camp business.
As a Conference Center, Epworth Forest allows campers and volunteers to carry cell phones at most of their events. However, we encourage limiting screen time to allow for a true retreat experience.
In Case of Emergency
Should any situation arise needing your attention, you will be immediately contacted by the camp staff. If you need us, all contact numbers can be found here and are monitored 24/7.