We have a lot of fun and learning in store for participants of the program, and to help ensure that we get to everything that has been planned, the following guidelines are in place to ensure the safety and satisfaction for all campers:
You will be sent an email the Thursday prior to the start of any given week of camp. This email will contain important information including an itinerary of the week's events, links to elective sign-ups, liability forms and permission waivers for select activities that will be offered that week.
Our system is only designed with only one designated email address for means of effective communication, preferably the account holder. Please be sure that the email on file reflects the person you wish to receive camp communications. In joint custody situations, it will be the responsibility of the account holder to forward information to other caregivers.
Club U’s programming is intended to bring children together in shared experiences that strengthen bonds of friendship and encourage an inclusive environment. Cell phones- particularly smartphones, can undermine the efforts undertaken by staff and administration.
Club U does recognize that advancing technologies are now a part of our daily lives and are a tool with which families stay connected to coordinate pickups. However there are real dangers associated with unchecked use of these technologies- cyberbullying, sexting, and digital conversations that take place out of sight and sound of parents and camp counselors. Camp is about creating genuine connections between individuals face to face - not through the screen of a digital device.What about smartphone cameras? My camper wants to take photos to memorialize the great times they are having in camp, or pictures of their friends… can they use their cell phone for photographic purposes?
Again, there are very real dangers associated with the ease with which photographs can be distributed for purposes other than capturing fun times and new friends. Club U counselors have cameras for such purposes and can lend campers use of the camera. These cameras lack the functionality for immediate sharing and the images have to be downloaded prior to sharing. Cameras (digital and analog) are welcomed at camp so long as they cannot immediately share with others.Game systems?
We’ve got games…. Plenty of games… games that involve people…. Real people who are right here with you to enjoy a shared experience! If you prefer to play video games, that’s fine…. Just do so outside of Club U :)
Club U does not want to restrict communications between participants and their caretakers, however we do ask that cell phones remain in bags until the end of the day. Our staff are employed to assist in working any issues that might require parental involvement- whether these issues involve pick up arrangements, conflicts in camp, or any other matters - we ask that campers utilize their group leader to reach out to guardians rather than reaching out directly through personal devices. There could be issues or situations that Camp staff and administrators NEED to know about. If for any reason you receive a call, or text from your camper during operation times- your first question ought to be “Why are you calling me and not your camp counselor?” followed by “does your camp counselor know that you are on your phone, and were you granted permission?”Guardian to Camper Communication
We ask that parents communicate directly with Club U administration to relay any important information to campers by contacting our offices at 801-581-6984. We have systems in place to notify and inform our staff and any campers in their care of any relevant information that needs to be communicated. If for any reason you need to speak directly with your camper, please contact the office and arrangements will be made from there.
If you camper is exhibiting symptoms of illness, please keep them home until they are no longer symptomatic. Please DO NOT KNOWINGLY DROP OFF A SICK CAMPER TO CLUB U CAMPS- this jeopardized the health of other campers and Club U staff to continue with normal camp functioning.
If a camper throws up during the camp day- Parents/guardians will be notified and instructed to pick up their sick camper immediately. Sick campers will be relocated to the Club U Administration offices to be picked up.
Club U Staff are trained in First Aid, CPR, and AED by certified medical professionals.
All Club U staff undergo a thorough protection of minors through the Youth Protection Office at the U of U.
Club U staff who will be driving motor pool vehicles for camp activities will have undergone driver safety training through the State of Utah, and will have had behind the wheel verifications of driver competence/skills with Club U Director
All staff attend pre-camp orientation that covers Club U policies and procedures along with 20+ hours of online Youth Development training through camp industry professionals at Expert Online Training.