Health and Safety
Camp Harrison upholds the highest health and safety standards and is an accredited American Camp Association (ACA) camp. We exceed the top industry standards of safe and professional practices in all areas of camp operation including our facilities, dining, staff and programming.
Our on-site health center is staffed by two registered nurses, 24 hours a day. Our camp physician is on call throughout the summer and based at the Carolinas HealthCare System hospital in nearby Wilkesboro.
Only the most qualified and compassionate staff are selected to serve at Camp Harrison and must uphold our five character traits of responsibility, respect, caring, honesty and faith. We hire only the highest quality staff to mentor and lead our campers. We screen each applicant with in-depth interviews, multiple reference checks, and background checks by state and national authorities. Once hired, we have an extensive staff training program and require safety certifications, including First Aid/CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Safety is a major focus in all activities. Campers are required to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets at all times while participating in lake activities. Campers are also required to take a swim test and wear swim bands, which denote their swimming ability, throughout their stay at Camp Harrison. The majority of our staff are certified lifeguards or hold a YMCA water certification. Our instructors are required to have special certifications for our ropes course, target sports, mountain biking and equestrian program, keeping the safety of our campers as our first priority.
No one goes hungry at Camp Harrison! Our dining hall hosts family style dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Healthy eating is a priority and our Food Service Manager gets menus approved by a nutritionist. Salad bar is offered at lunch and dinner and fruit is served with all meals. We can accommodate special dietary needs of our campers. Our staff are asked to be sure that all of their camper's dietary needs are met before sitting down to their own meal.