Health & Safety

Health & Safety at Camp Knutson

The health and safety of our campers is a top priority at Camp Knutson. We anticipate and manage risks through our well-trained staff, a focus on safe behaviors and on-site medical care.

As a fully accessible and medically sound environment, Camp Knutson provides a fun, worry-free and fulfilling camp experience for all.

Counselor helping camper put on lifejacket.


Trained and Prepared Staff

Our staff is heavily trained in emergency care procedures, as well as First Aid, CPR and AED. Our facility is stocked with readily accessible first-aid kits, epi-pens and other medical safety equipment (including 3 AEDs onsite). Our counselors carry "Fast Pack" first-aid kits with them at all times. Staff are trained to anticipate and manage risks and take proactive measures to ensure each camper is given the highest level of care possible.

All staff and volunteers undergo background checks before interacting with campers.


Camp Activities Put Safety First

Our adaptive programming and recreational activities allow campers of all abilities to participate in a safe and supported environment. Program staff are skilled at modifying programming to meet each camper’s ability and needs.

Appropriate safety equipment is used for all necessary camp activities. For example, anyone in a watercraft must wear a lifejacket; anyone riding a horse or riding a bike must wear a helmet and proper closed-toed footwear and pants; archery and fire-building are well supervised by trained staff. Our counselors at the waterfront are lifeguard certified. We give our campers clear directions and expectations for safe behavior throughout their stay. The staff to camper ratios range from 1:1 to 4:1 depending on the needs of each camp.


Health Care Available On-site

Camp Knutson features an on-site health clinic with examining room, medical tub and bathing room, and relaxation treatment room. During camps, medical staff is available 24/7. The medical staff provide general medical care and distribution of camper medications.

Our partner organizations provide skilled nurses and doctors to care for campers and their specific needs. Through these partnerships, we can provide specialized care such as dermatologists for our camps for children with skin conditions and cardiologists for our camps for children with heart disease. Our medical teams review the medical needs of the campers prior to arrival and conduct a general screening of campers on arrival day.


Emergency Help is Only Minutes Away

In the event of an emergency, we are just moments from advanced medical care. We have established strong relationships with local paramedics, police and fire departments. The camp is located within minutes of emergency medical services and a medical clinic. In an emergency, we do our best to be in consistent communication with the camper’s parents or guardians.

Should you have any specific questions or concerns about our safety policies, procedures or practices, please contact Jared Griffin or Caitlin Malin.


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