We care deeply for each person who we welcome and work hard to create an environment where they can feel a deep connection to nature, each other and the community at Squeah. Below is an overview of some of the ways we ensure the health and safety of our guests.
Camp Squeah is an accredited member with the British Columbia Camping Association. The BCCA sets common safety practice standards that are adhered to by many camps to improve and value the safety of children in all camp programming.
BCCA standards include best practices around facilities, food, first aid and medical care/response, any and all camp related activities (i.e.: Archery, Belaying/rock climbing, swimming, boating, out-tripping, horseback riding, challenge courses, etc.), transportation, administration and staffing.
While BCCA accreditation standards are not created to apply to retreat programming, we choose to adhere to them at all times in all we do to provide the safest experience for our guests.
Camp Squeah’s kitchen is inspected annually by the local health authorities and is run by certified Food Safe professionals. For more information on our food service please see the food page.
Camp Squeah staff operate with a ‘challenge by choice’ attitude that encourages guests to take healthy and positive risks with the goal of growing mature and more developed in their confidence, physical skills, social skills and trust. No activities are ever forced upon a guest and we work to develop great relationships with you.
All our seasonal staff receive training to help them confidently lead and facilitate all our activities. There are safety and risk management protocols for all activities. Our High Ropes Course is managed by staff with a certified High Ropes Course certificate.
Camp Squeah has first aid certified staff members to care for their own staff and will assist a retreat in the event of an emergency in required.
Hope’s Fraser Canyon Hospital is 20 minutes away and Camp Squeah is located right on the #1 Hwy just north of Hope with easy access to medical facilities when needed. There are also medical clinics in Hope for less serious medical issues requiring medical assistance.
Camp Squeah staff follow policies and procedures to help ensure the health and safety of each guest. This includes their physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological and social health & safety. Camp Squeah’s staff implement a no tolerance for bullying or harassment of either guests or staff.
While Squeah is owned and operated by a Christian denomination, we do not proselytize our faith or in any way cause groups to do anything they would not feel comfortable taking part in at camp. We leave the programming to you as the guests and seek to develop a relationship of hospitality and trust with you.
Camp Squeah regularly maintains its facilities and upgrades them and fixes them as needed. We follow all building codes and try to improve on what we have already in place for our facilities. We routinely identify and remove danger trees, upgrade our trail network, renovate buildings and replace outdated equipment when needed.
Camp Squeah has a back up generator system that can power the entire camp for 24 hours or longer should the power go out for a long period. Each building has a fire alarm system.