Camper Well-Being and Safety
- Camp Directors and Counselors are responsible for the well-being and safety of all campers from the time a camper arrives until the end of the camp or when a camper leaves.
- Camps must have a certified trainer at sport specific functions.
- Camps must arrange for adequate medical and training staff coverage during the entire camp.
- Arrangements and payment for staff coverage must be coordinated through the Sports Medicine Camp Liason.
- ALL CAMP EMPLOYEES must complete an employment application and background check.
- AGE RESTRICTION FOR OVERNIGHT CAMPERS – A camper must turn 8 years of age prior to September 1st of the year the camp is offered in order to stay overnight at the camp.
- IDENTIFICATION OF ALL STAFF MEMBERS – All camp staff members must wear a lanyard ID to identify them as certified/approved camp staff member.
Conduct of Campers
The University requires the highest standards of conduct when interacting with Minors, including compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies.
- Code of Conduct – All Minor participants and Camp Staff must agree to abide by the applicable Code of Conduct, as well as any supplemental camp guidelines developed by the camp director.
- Requirements for Minor participants – Parents/guardians must submit required forms before Minors will be allowed to participate in the camp. These forms may include, but are not limited to, a participation agreement form, health form, emergency contact form, authorized pick-up form, medical information and authorization, release of claims/waiver of liability, media/photo/video release, and Minor participant’s Code of Conduct.
Reporting Responsibilities Related to Campers
- Injury – In order to maintain a safe environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, it is important that the University be informed, at the earliest possible date, of any injuries that occur at a University Facility or to faculty and staff in the course of their work responsibilities. Please report all injuries via the online reporting form through Finance and Administration.
- Child Abuse / Mandatory Reporters – Any Camp Staff or other Mandatory Reporter who has reasonable cause to believe that suspected child abuse has occurred, shall immediately report the suspected abuse to the UGA Police Department and the appropriate supervisor or Camp Director who shall take immediate action. It is further expected that any University employee will also appropriately report suspected child abuse. Do not attempt to investigate a matter further or gather additional information before reporting.
If you suspect child abuse, or simply have an idea or uneasy feeling about a possible abuse situation, immediately report to:
(1) The UGA Police Department at 706-542-2200 or 911 (emergency);
(2) The Program/Activity Administrator; And
(3) The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services at 1-855-GACHILD.