Health & Safety
Your child’s safety is our number one priority while he or she attends Camp Hardtner.
While Camp Hardtner cannot completely eliminate the possibility of a child becoming ill or being injured while at Camp Hardtner, we recognize that a safe and secure environment is the only way for a child to truly have a great camp experience. For this reason we at Camp Hardtner thoroughly train our staff and employ stringent safety and health standards.
Every session is staffed by one or more licensed, on-site nurses who stay during the entire camp session. The nurse is available to see campers during Nurse Call four times a day (or as needed) in order to remedy any illnesses or emergencies that might occur. The nursing staff administers routine medications, treats minor illnesses and injuries and promotes a healthy and safe camp environment.
Camp Hardtner is served by two local EMS agencies that are able to respond in a matter of minutes to any emergency that might take place. Ambulance service in nearby Alexandria as well as air evacuation services are available in the case of an extreme emergency.
Safety Procedures Include:
- An on-site nurse(s) who is available 24 hours per day. (Our local medical care center in nearby Urania assists in developing and endorsing Camp Hardtner’s standing orders and our Nurse Practitioner helps us develop and implement our Health Protocols.)
- One Infirmary, onsite, staffed by nurses, many of whom were campers and staff members here over the years.
- All summer staff are trained and certified by the American Red Cross in CPR/First Aid. In addition, staff are trained to handle and operate AEDs (Artificial Electronic Defibrillators).
- Consistent evaluation of our compliance with all of the American Camp Association standards regarding safety, health and operations. Camp Hardtner has achieved a perfect score on all of our accreditation visits by the American Camp Association which means we have been in compliance with over 300 standards and substandards.
- Strict medical protocols developed in consultation with Hardtner Medical Center are in place to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
- Using the combination of prevention and intervention to attempt to ensure a camp environment of health and wellness. Prevention of illnesses at Camp Hardtner revolves around the “Big 5” – Handwashing (or hand sanitizer), Hydration, Nutrition, Sunscreen and Adequate Rest.
- All waterfront and lakefront activities are monitored by certified lifeguards. All campers are required to wear life jackets while participating in all lake related activities at Camp Hardtner.
- Our archery instructors are members of CENLA Bowbenders Archery Club and have decades of archery experience. Safety guidelines are strictly enforced and all campers and staff must be oriented by our archery instructors before they are allowed to participate.