Safety at LLYC
LLYC takes very seriously the responsibility to provide a high level of care for your child. With safety as a first priority, we have made extensive efforts to reduce the risks inherent in outdoor activities.
Grounds and Facilities Safety
Laity Lodge Youth Camp is licensed and inspected each summer by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS), and we are graded on every critical aspect of camp facilities including kitchen facilities and food preparation, clinic facilities and administration of health care, cabin standards and ratios between campers and counselors, waterfront safety and life-guarding procedures, adventure-recreation elements and rifle-range safety, and an audit of our staff -application process, our Sexual Abuse and Awareness Training program, and our criminal background checks. We are pleased to report our recent TDSHS inspections scores have been perfect with no deficiencies.
Safety is a priority we commit ourselves to daily. We have a Maintenance Team that oversees the safety of our camp facilities and grounds.
Historically, rains in excess of five inches in a few hours can cause flooding. We have a robust flood response in place.
Staff Hiring Safety
Because we are a faith-based camp, we have the ability to ask personal questions in both applications and interviews that could never be asked in a secular job application including questions about their faith story and church involvement. The majority of our referrals for new hires come from our existing staff, and we are pleased to say we have a very high staff retention rate from year to year that averages 55 percent. Each summer, half of our staff already have performed at such a level of excellence that we hire them back. We do not recruit international staff or use the internet to attract staff. All staff are required to submit two references, and, in addition, we ask each staff applicant to “friend” us so we can audit their social media and determine if there are any caution flags that do not arise in an interview.
LLYC requires thorough background checks on all staff. We run criminal background checks on all levels of staff and volunteers at camp for both in-state and out-of-state hires. All staff are required to complete an online course prior to arriving at camp that teaches and tests each person on the facts about sexual abuse and awareness. During our Staff Training Week, which is mandatory for all staff, we use a state-approved consultant and professional counselor to evaluate our staff, to make sure they understand the rules of conduct with campers, and to assist them with any personal issues they may have experienced as a child related to any form of abuse. During our training, we teach standards for community living and articulate and demonstrate appropriate behavior when working at camp and building relationships with campers.
Because we are 60 minutes from the nearest hospital, it is imperative that we have excellent standards of health care in the Canyon. For many years, we have been blessed with a rotating staff of doctors, most of whom have expertise in either emergency care or pediatrics. Our doctors serve for a week at a time on-site and are available to both Singing Hills and Echo Valley clinics 24 hours a day. We also have an RN at each camp and a health-care assistant who serves both the doctors and nurses. We have local EMS support from Leakey, which is 12 miles from camp, as well as the ability to call in air transport if a serious injury occurs in camp.
Being a relational ministry, we want campers to be genuinely loved and accepted, and to be heard regardless of circumstances they are walking through. We want them to be themselves and not fear judgment or embarrassment from being who they really are and want to be. Our Staff Training teaches staff how to recognize and respond to bullying in the camp setting.
We use vehicles to transport campers to activities outside the immediate boundaries of Singing Hills or Echo Valley. All passengers are required to be seated in the bed of a truck with the tailgate up, and the speed limit in the river is 10 mph.