An on-site nurse is available all day from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Each classroom has a first aid kit as well as a mobile kit for trips. Counselors carry a cell phone and all emergency contact lists with them.
While 40 Head Counselors and Supervisory staff are certified in RTE (Responding to Emergencies) and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), we still employ at least 16 lifeguards trained in First Aid and CPR. Each Head Counselor is also taught how to administer EpiPens.
Reporting Illnesses & Incidents
We take the safety of our campers seriously. When camp counselors identify a camper who is not feeling well, the camper is sent to the nurse for evaluation and care. If the concern is deemed important or serious, the nurse contacts the head counselor, the camp director, and the child’s guardians. If necessary, parents/guardians will be asked to pick up their children. The same criteria will apply to accidents (slips, falls, etc.).
In an effort to keep all children healthy, campers often wash their hands with soap (not antibacterial) and water. Campers are not permitted to share food or drinks.
The Summer Camp adheres to the following rules to ensure safety. We ask that all guardians observe the same rules when in the building.
- No running or roughhousing anywhere in the building
- No outdoor-type games inside, especially the lobby or in front of the building
- No shouting
- No profanity
- No headphones, iPods, DS, or portable music devices in the building
- No Game Boys, PSPs, or portable video games of any kind
- No baseballs
- No skateboards or scooters
- No water guns of any kind
- No whistles
- Personal cell phone must be turned off during camp hours except for emergencies
Identification, Keychains, and Building Access
At the Kraft Center, each guardian must produce a valid form of identification in order to receive a camp keychain. This keychain allows them to enter the building to drop off and pick up their campers. No adult may enter the camp without a keychain.
Bank Street College of Education is a public space. Adherence to the following regulations concerning the use of ID cards and security is necessary in order to maintain a safe and secure environment for all. The parents/guardians of each camper will receive two Bank Street ID cards for entry into Bank Street’s main building. Counselors may ask to see your ID cards when you pick up your camper(s) until they recognize you. All cards have been numerically assigned to each family, so please return all cards at the end of camp.
Emergency Procedures for Thunderstorms
In the event of thunderstorms, all groups must seek shelter immediately. Upon arriving at any facility, head counselors should identify safe shelter. Groups will stay in shelter until 15 minutes after hearing the last strike of thunder.
Fire Drills and Evacuation
Fire drills are conducted regularly at Bank Street. Campers and staff will be instructed beforehand regarding proper conduct and where to assemble after exiting the building.