WHO LOOKS AFTER THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF CAMPERS?

  • All of Skyline's summer staff is trained in their health and safety responsibilities, and we strive to reach 100% of staff being trained in American Red Cross First Aid / CPR / AED / Bloodborne Pathogens.

  • Our Health and Safety Officer for the summer is dedicated solely to the care of health needs, and acts within the policies which are annually reviewed by a licensed physician.

WHAT IF THE HEALTH CONCERN IS MORE SERIOUS?

  • Skyline is within about 6 minutes of EMS response; about 10 minutes to our closest Urgent Care, and about 25 minutes from large hospital emergency facilities.  Our first call in serious matters will be 911, our second call(s) will be until we reach a parent/guardian.

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL I BE TELEPHONED?

Skyline will always attempt to reach you if:

  • Your camper spends a night or a significant part of any day in the infirmary.

  • An emergency call has been placed for your camper.

  • Your camper has been taken (but not a 911 call) offsite to seek further medical assistance.

  • Something occurs that you have requested contact about.

  • Download our communication policy for more information.

DO YOU ACCOMmODATE SPECIAL DIETS / ALLERGIES?

  • We are able to accommodate special dietary needs including gluten, dairy and nut free diets, low sugar diets, vegetarian diets and a variety of other allergies. Great care is taken by our staff regarding our campers with food allergies. We ensure that special meals are prepared separately to avoid cross contact. At Skyline we value the communal dining experience and make it a goal for every camper to enjoy the food at our Dining hall. Meals are a special time at camp and we do our best to make sure everyone is healthfully nourished. Please click on the Special Diet & Allergy FAQ for more information.

DOES A CAMPER NEED ANY MONEY AT CAMP?

  • No. We have the Camp Store open only at check-in and check-out, where parents/guardians can be there.  We allow the week at camp to be free of shopping.

STAFF QUESTIONS- WHAT IS THE COUNSELOR:CAMPER RATIO? HOW ARE COUNSELORS SELECTED AND SCREENED? ARE COUNSELORS ADULTS?

  • Our staff-to-camper ratio varies according to camp. For Special Needs campers, it is better than 1:3 (typically about 2:3). For Typical Needs campers, we exceed State and ACA guidelines, which vary according to age group (ranging from 1:6 up to 1:12). All activities are staffed by a minimum of two counselors. Our largest weeks have approximately 120 campers and 30 staff.

  • Counselors are interviewed, have a minimum of three references, and undergo two or three (depending on age) background checks. Our counselors are paid staff.  Occasional volunteer staff undergo the same process.

  • The majority of our summer staff are adults. We are composed of Counselors (18+, with at least one full year out of high school or two years as a Junior Counselor); Junior Counselors (age 16+); and FLOSS (Future Leaders of Skyline Summers) participants (13-15).  Staff must be at least two years older than campers before they are counted in the ratio.

CAN I CALL MY CAMPER DURING THE WEEK?

  • Campers may not receive phone calls while at camp. You may send emails or regular mail to your camper. Be sure to include their name and their counselor’s name. Our mailing address is 5650 Sandhill Rd, Almont, MI, 48003.

  • Emails may be sent to camper@campskyline.org. Please include the camper's name in the subject line. We try to distribute emails at lunchtime.

SOMEONE OTHER THAN ME (LEGAL GUARDIAN) WILL BE PICKING UP MY CAMPER. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

  • Please use this Camper Release Form. Make sure to sign the form. This is REQUIRED for anyone other than a legal guardian/parent picking up or dropping off your camper.


Special Needs Camp FAQ

WHAT SORTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS DO SKYLINE CAMPERS HAVE?

  • Our campers have a range of different special needs. No particular label or diagnosis is categorically ruled in or out. Skyline is physically spread out and hilly, so some physical limitations can be too much for the camper here.  

  • Our campers are active, socially engaged, interested in participating in activities and able to make activity choices.

  • Our campers can communicate verbally and/or with sign language or with a mix of verbal and non-verbal signals.

  • Our campers are able to function in a community setting without any form of violence or self-harm.

  • Our campers are able to attend to toileting and showering independently, or with minimal reminders/assistance.

  • Our campers wake at about 7am and go to sleep at about 10pm, with a one hour rest period in the afternoon.

  • First-time campers should meet with one of the camp directors: Matt Henry, Shana Henry or Erin Furze before camp to make sure we have the right staffing and programming to meet the camper's needs.

WHAT ARE THE STAFF RATIOS FOR THE SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS?

  • These camp sessions have about 35-40 campers, and are staffed by about 25-30 adults, including health-care specific staff.

DO CAMPERS SLEEP IN CABINS?

  • In June, most of our campers sleep in Focus Hall which is a conference center in close proximity to the Dining Hall. There are bathrooms, bedrooms, and a large recreation room all inside of Focus Hall. During Camp Sassafras, some campers (by choice) do sleep in rustic cabins but most lodge in Focus Hall.

DO YOU HAVE RULES ON PHONES, IPADS, eTC?

  • We encourage our entire camp, campers and staff to unplug while they are at Skyline. We find that with these devices in their possession, campers are unable to be present and take advantage of the community around them. If campers need music to unwind at Siesta (1:00-2:00pm Monday through Thursday), we do allow them to listen to music on their headphones. We do not allow campers to take their music outside of their lodging. The clearest answer is that we do not want campers to have any devices with them at camp and that they should be left at home. Please discuss this with your camper and help them prepare for this week of being unplugged.

AN AGENCY IS HELPING PAY FOR CAMP - HOW DO I PROCEED?

  • During the application, there will be a prompt to indicate that an agency will be assisting. You will also need to enter the promo code AGENCY when that option shows in the form. From there, we will work with you and the agency as needed

If your question is not answered here or in the general FAQ, please contact us!


Day Camp FAQs

IS LUNCH PROVIDED?

  • Yes.

DO YOU ACCOMMODATE SPECIAL DIETS & ALLERGIES?

CAN MY CAMPER DROP IN & OUT FOR DAYS HERE & THERE?

  • No. Our program is designed to build on community and develop friendships, and to have activities that progress. Of course, appointments and illnesses etc., can arise, but we do not plan for single-day campers.

ARE THE STAFF ADULTS?

  • Yes - our leadership, health staff and counselors are adults; we also have some teens as assistants, but not leaders. We do not count the teens when figuring our staff ratios.

If your question is not answered here or in the general FAQ, please contact us!