In all Aloha Foundation programs—Aloha, Hive, Lanakila, Horizons, Hulbert, and Ohana—the safety of our campers, counselors, participants, and staff is our top priority.
Our commitment to safety is rooted in two main areas:
American Camp Association (ACA) Accreditation Standards
All Aloha Foundation camps and programs are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), the industry’s national association charged with ensuring high quality camp experiences. To receive ACA accreditation, our programs must successfully meet up to 300 specific standards.
Of the more than 14,000 day and resident camps in the U.S., only 2,400—or fewer than 20%—are ACA accredited.
The ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to ensure their camp standards reflect the most up-to-date, research-based practices.
Vermont State Regulations and Licensing Requirements
The Aloha Foundation maintains licenses in the state of Vermont. The state’s requirements are focused primarily on environmental (e.g., drinking water quality), food service, emergency management safety, and more recently, regulations specifically for the sanitation and licensing of children’s camps to protect public health.
What’s the difference between state licensing of camps and accreditation by ACA?
ACA accreditation is voluntary while state licensing is mandatory. Also, while state licensing requirements vary from state to state, ACA standards are the same no matter where a camp is located.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
The Health Houses at each of our residential camps—Aloha, Hive, and Lanakila—are staffed by a licensed Registered Nurse (RN) and several health house assistants, who are typically nursing students or Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). The role of the Health House staff is to assist campers and counselors with basic first aid, and provide support for acute illnesses like ear infections, strep throat, or gastrointestinal illnesses and chronic conditions like asthma. All health staff members are CPR/AED trained—health house assistants are additionally trained in Wilderness First Aid and basic pediatric assessment and intervention.
Horizons Day Camp also has its own RN on site.
Our caring staff reviews each camper’s medical history and medications prior to their arrival. Families may contact the nursing director if they have questions specific to their child’s health care needs.
Relationships with Local Pediatric and Emergency Providers
The Health staff works closely with Upper Valley Pediatrics for any clinical issue that requires provider level intervention, such as head or orthopedic injuries, tick exposures, persistent fevers, or rashes. We also work with ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care in Lebanon, NH.
The Aloha Camps use the Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Emergency Department for all emergency situations with campers. It is approximately forty minutes away by car. The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) provides an extended system of care that offers advanced pediatric services and 24/7 pediatric hospitalist coverage. If the nursing staff judges a camper requires more urgent attention, the child will be transported by ambulance. It generally takes between five and ten minutes for an ambulance to arrive at camp. A staff member is always present with the child in the hospital setting, or follows the ambulance if ambulance transfer is indicated.
Certification for Tick, Mosquito, and Poison Ivy Control
We are committed to improving our already high program standards. In 2018, we partnered with Ivy Oaks Analytics, a public health company that works with over 100 summer camps and specializes in the control of ticks, mosquitoes, and poison ivy. Although these have never been a major issue at our camps, we feel strongly that we have an obligation to reduce these risks. 2019 Strategy Overviews for each of our programs can be found here: residential camps (Aloha, Hive, and Lanakila), Horizons, Hulbert, and Ohana.
Safe and spirited water activities are a daily priority at Aloha—and there are few things better on a hot summer day than a splash in our cool lake water. Our program is designed to maximize the safe enjoyment of the waterfront for campers. Campers are assessed for competency and classification prior to taking part in water activities, whether they are improving their swimming, sailing, kayaking, and canoeing skills or just enjoying time in the water with their friends. All waterfront activity is overseen by certified lifeguards with a ratio of 1 lifeguard for every 6 swimmers and boaters for youth camps, and every 10 campers for family camp.