Safety is one of our highest priorities at Camp Perea. We know that the teenagers who come to Camp Perea are children of God and we do everything we can to treat them as such. Each activity at camp has risk involved with it, and we cannot guarantee against injury or death, however, if done correctly, the risk is reduced to a minimum.
Let’s take rock climbing as an example: At the top of the cliff, the rope is attached to at least 2 different anchor points, with two different pieces of rope, with two different locking carabineers; that means that everything is backed up and is redundently safe. At the bottom, before a person is allowed to step one foot off the ground, they are safety checked, which means a person looks at their harness, their knot, their carabineer, and goes through a call and response to make sure everybody involved is ready for that climber to leave the ground. Also on the ground, there is a person belaying the climber. That person is checked by the climber and backed up by another person whose whole job is to help the belayer so in the case that the belayer spontaneously passes out, the climber on the cliff is still belayed and safe. The whole system is able to hold the weight of a falling VW bug without failing. So while rock climbing stretches many teenagers (and leaders) outside of their comfort zone, the actual risk in doing so is small. We take this multi level approach to safety on each of Camp Perea’s activities. You can be sure that we will do everything possible to keep campers safe.
We also believe in spiritual safety. What we mean is that teenagers will have a safe place to ask questions and explore who Jesus is. We will not push Christianity on campers, we will just invite them to “come and see” who Jesus is as we tell them about Him.