Once at camp, no camper can leave without written consent from his or her parent or guardian. Campers will only be released to those people whom the parent has authorized to pick them up.
Teen campers who drive to camp must report to the camp leadership team and turn in their car keys.
All visitors must check in at camp, wear a badge once checked in, and be accompanied by a host.
Activity Safety & Certifications
CRISTA Camp's lifeguards are Red Cross-certified for swimming in lakes, and Kitsap County tests our lake water weekly.
Camp staff and interns are First Aid certified.
Ropes course facilitators and each ropes activity are certified by an ACCT (Association for Challenge Course Technology) trainer.
Miracle Ranch is site certified by the CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) for all horse activities.
We adhere to best practices for our trail bike, paintball, archery, and all other activities.
When a camper is in the nurse's station, he or she is never privately examined. There are always two trained adult staff present at all times.
CRISTA Camps include parents in any decisions made about a child's need for medical treatment, and we take advantage of the numerous local clinics nearby when a need is determined. A nurse oversees treatment at the camp.
Miracle Ranch is equipped to execute general safety plans and crisis management plans when necessary.
Resident campers must submit health and waiver forms signed by their parents or guardians upon arrival at camp.
The presence of 50+ trained and caring adults on camp during any given week ensures that kids' activities are closely monitored. There are always full-time, adult, year-round employees at Miracle Ranch. We've hired a professional staff with years of experience and training in safety issues monthly.
All CRISTA staff undergo a careful screening process consisting of an application, interview(s), and character references.
All adults at camp have completed a trak-1, WATCH, and DSHS background check in which staff and volunteer leaders must disclose any misconduct, as permitted by state law.
The CRISTA Ministries Human Resources department trains all full-time and summer staff on maintaining appropriate boundaries in relationships with kids.
At CRISTA Camps, bullying is inexcusable, and we have a firm policy against all types of bullying. Our Camp philosophy is based on our mission statement, which ensures that every camper can experience a safe environment at camp, gain new friends, and go home with great memories.
Unfortunately, persons who are bullied may not have the same potential to get the most out of their camp experience. Our leadership addresses all incidents of bullying seriously and trains staff to promote communication with their staff and their campers so both staff and campers will be comfortable alerting us to any problems during their camp experience. Every person has the right to expect to have the best possible experience at camp, and by working together as a team to identify and manage bullying, we can help ensure that all campers and staff have a great summer with CRISTA Camps.
Sickness at Camp
CRISTA Camps asks our staff, parents/guardians of campers, and high school and summer staff attending our camp to take precautions to avoid sending campers or leaders if they have had any flu-like symptoms in the 24 hours before departure. Such symptoms can include fever, sore throat, cough, headache, tiredness, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chills, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Food Allergies & Food Safety
We can address most food allergies with reasonable substitutions and by campers avoiding particular food items. Please discuss any special situations with our registrar at least one week before camp starts so there is ample time to discuss any concerns with the food service department. We have peanut-free kitchens but sell packaged snacks in our concession spaces that may contain peanuts or peanut oil. All kitchen workers have Food Handler Cards, and Kitsap County routinely inspects our kitchen.
Cabin Inspections & Cleaning
Cabins and beds are cleaned, disinfected, and inspected between different use groups. All high-touch surfaces are disinfected daily.
CRISTA Camps at Miracle Ranch is part of the CRISTA Family of Ministries. A robust and healthy organization supports the camp, and policies are set with the bigger mission of CRISTA in mind. All camp employees adhere to CRISTA's doctrinal statement and conduct policies.