Parents and Chaperones
Memories from early childhood camping trips can stay with us forever. Below you’ll find information on how, as supporting adults, we can ensure the students get the most out of their visit. Whether a parent/guardian, family member or friend, seeing a child you know go away to camp can be exciting and memorable. If you are an adult that will be attending the trip, your days will be filled with many challenges and rewards, beginning when the students wake up and ending when they fall asleep.
Who are Chaperones?
A chaperone is any adult that a group brings with them. Chaperones can be teachers, administrators, parents, grandparents, and other adults capable of helping with the supervision and care of the students. Schools select their own chaperones according to guidelines given to them by CELP, as well as any guidelines put out by their school administration.
The head chaperone is the assigned leader of the visiting group and generally the person responsible for making the trip arrangements. The head chaperone acts as a liaison between the camp directors, the other chaperones and the school.
Roles of the Chaperone
Chaperones participate in all CELP activities selected by the school, which may include day and night snorkeling, hiking and kayaking. Prior experience in these activities is suggested but not necessary, as long as the chaperone is willing and able to participate in the activity and help maintain supervision of the students.
Chaperones form a partnership with their assigned CELP instructor. As a team, chaperones and instructors work together to ensure the safety of the students and to provide them with continued encouragement and support.
Chaperones are responsible for the supervision of students during free time, which includes time before meals, after meals and during quiet hours. Chaperones receive an orientation on the day of the group’s arrival. There they will meet the camp directors as well as any adults from other groups attending CELP. The orientation will cover the responsibilities of being a chaperone as well as an overview of the camp guidelines.
For more information about being a CELP chaperone, please read the Chaperone Guidelines page of the School handbook.
Due to our remote location, we have fewer choices concerning modern communications infrastructure than found on the mainland. That said, we remain in close communication with school administrators.
We have internet access, cell phone coverage, and a radio phone link. However, we do not provide access to these sources unless they are necessary to communicate with schools, parents (for special circumstances concerning their children), or are to be used for other special circumstances cleared through the director.
Personal cell phones receive poor to fair cell phone coverage within camp boundaries depending upon the provider.
See our Safety page for more information regarding our preparedness for emergency situations including communications.
If you are attempting to contact someone on the island we ask that you contact the mainland office and they can provide you with further information about how to proceed.
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