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					Outdoor Center
Planning Guide
       YMCA Camp Watchaug Outdoor Center
                    Winter                   Summer
           95 High Street          160 Prosser Trail
       Westerly, RI 02891    Charlestown, RI 02813
         (401) 596-2894            (401) 364-6535

                             campwatchaug.org
                 sumbel@oceancommunityymca.org
Our Drive for Success


  OCEAN COMMUNITY YMCA MISSION STATEMENT
  To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build Spirit, Mind, and Body
  for all.

  A HISTORY IN THE MAKING
  Since 1948 our traditions, innovations and excellence have allowed us to be a leader in
  the camping community. Our purpose is to help young people of all backgrounds grow
  and mature through the application of Christian principles. We do this by affording each
  camper the opportunity, in the setting of outdoor adventures, to experience personal and
  spiritual growth and develop a stronger sense of community. The values of honesty,
  caring, respect and responsibility are present in all aspects of camp life.




  CONTACT INFORMATION

  Scott Umbel - Camp Director
  sumbel@oceancommunityymca.org

  Westerly YMCA Branch          401.596.2894           September –June
  Camp Watchaug Office          401.364.6535           June – August

  Westerly FAX                  401.596.8675

  www.campwatchaug.org




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Planning Checklist

 This checklist is to help your group leader and participants make sure you are organized
 and ready for a wonderful summer experience at Camp Watchaug. Some of these items
 are simply suggestions and are sometimes requirements for your own insurance (schools
 and corporations). Required items are indicated.


 ONE MONTH PRIOR TO ARRIVAL TO CAMP:

        Send Remaining Balance Due
        Required




 TWO WEEKS PRIOR:

        Camp Director will call to confirm the following:
           your program times, schedule and activities
           Verify any specific setup needs (buffet tables, electrical, etc.)
           Finalize Participant Numbers with Camp Director


        Send Certificate of Insurance to Camp Director
        Required




 BEFORE DEPARTING TO CAMP

        Map and Directions to the Watchaug Outdoor Center




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Policies and Procedures


RISK AWARENESS
Certain elements of the Outdoor Center programs are physically, mentally, socially, and
emotionally demanding. While the staff will make every reasonable effort to minimize
the exposure to the known risks associated with these activities, all hazards associated
with the Outdoor Center programs cannot be foreseen. The group agrees to make all
participants aware of the possible hazards associated with participation in outdoor
activities.

INSURANCE
Every group must provide a Certificate of Insurance protecting the YMCA from any and
all liability arising out of the use of the YMCA. This certificate is due at least two weeks
prior to the program date.

PERSONAL PROPERTY
YMCA Camp Watchaug Outdoor Center assumes no responsibility for personal property
brought into the facilities by any person. Persons bringing personal property in to the
YMCA facilities assumes all risks with respect to that property

DAMAGES
Groups shall leave the facilities in as good a state and condition as they were in the
beginning of the use period. Buildings will be examined before and after your stay. In
the event of damage to the buildings and/ or facilities, groups are responsible for the cost
of repairs.

CAMP FIRES
Campfires may be scheduled at one of the fire sites designated by the camp. You must
get prior permission from the Camp Director to have a campfire.

Fires near Buildings We practice Leave No Trace ethics and do not allow open fires of any
kind near cabins or buildings. Please do not light outside of approved fire sites.

Torches, Candles, etc.
May be used only under the constant supervision of a responsible adult. Please do not use
torches or candles of any type inside of cabins or buildings.

Grills
Gas or charcoal grills may be used and should be attended at all times by an adult.
During dry conditions, restrictions may be placed on use of charcoal grills. Groups using
the grills are responsible for their own charcoal and must make sure that grills are
completely extinguished. Grills must be supervised at all times when hot and in use.




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ALCOHOL
Alcoholic beverages are permissible only in the form or Beer or Wine and must be used
with discretion. The YMCA reserves the right to ask any individual/group abusing alcohol
to leave property, forfeiting all fees. Alcoholic beverages must remain in the
picnic/dining area and are not allowed in any program areas (i.e.: waterfront, climbing
wall, athletic courts)

TOBACCO, DRUGS AND ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES
At no time can tobacco, drugs, or illegal substances be used or consumed on camp
property. The illegal use of legal substances is also prohibited. The possession of any
illegal substances, or possession by minors, is strictly forbidden.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS NOT PERMITTED AT CAMP WATCHAUG
Fireworks, pets, firearms, motorized recreational vehicles including ATV’s and dirt bikes,
and weapons of any kind are not permitted on the property of YMCA Camp Watchaug.

VEHICLES
All vehicles will observe the 10mph speed limit while on camp property. Vehicles must be
parked in designated areas only. (Parking lot and ball field) All traffic signs must be
obeyed. Please keep vehicles off the grass except when parking on ball field.

Non-Passenger and passenger vehicles used illegally for passenger transport is prohibited
on camp property. This includes, but not limited to, carrying passengers in the flatbeds of
trucks or the tailgates of vehicles.

SUPERVISION
 Groups must check-in with the Camp Director upon arrival and departure from camp.

 Group supervisors must be at least 21 years of age and must assume complete
 responsibility for his/her group. Supervisors will be given an orientation and emergency
 procedures upon arrival.

 Chaperones of students participating in YMCA Camp Watchaug programs are
 responsible for the supervision and safety of the students.

 Groups will be held accountable for any damage to YMCA Camp Watchaug facilities,
 grounds or equipment.

 Discard all trash in proper receptacles.




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SAFETY
 EMERGENCY PROCEDURES: All accidents must be reported to the Camp Watchaug
 Camp Director or Site. It is recommended that Outdoor Center groups have someone on
 site that is certified by a recognized organization in CPR and First Aid.

 Swimming is permitted only when a certified YMCA lifeguard is on duty. Access to the
 waterfront (fenced in space), waterfront equipment and docks without a lifeguard on
 duty is prohibited.

 All participants, regardless of age, MUST wear a USCG approved PFD while engaged
 in ANY boating activity at ALL times. This includes, but not limited to rowboats, canoes,
 kayaks, sailboats and powerboats.

 Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult while on the beach
 and/or swimming.

 Deep end swimmers, kayakers and high-impact water sports are required to pass a
 swim check.

 Posted Waterfront rules must be followed at all times.

 Personal watercraft (i.e.: canoes, rowboats, sailboats, kayaks, motorboats, jet skis, etc.)
 are prohibited from launching and/or docking on Camp Watchaug property.

 Fishing is not permitted at Camp Watchaug. Appropriate licensing is required to fish
 from State property.
 In the event of an emergency, dial 911 and contact the camp director. 911 is the
 emergency dispatch for Charlestown, RI and Camp Watchuag.


FOOD SERVICES
Outdoor Center groups have access to the kitchen on camp property. Camp does NOT
provide cooking tools, dining utensils or china. Groups are responsible for providing,
sanitizing and storing their own cooking tools, dining utensils or china.

Sanitizing dish soap is available next to the double sink. It is the group’s responsibility to
see to the proper sanitation, cleaning, drying and storage of anything washed in the sinks.

Grille: The group has access to the camp grille, however it is the groups responsibility to
sanitize the grille. The group will also provide their own charcoal, lighter and matches for
grille use. Only those 18 and older may use the camp grille.

NOTICE: If the temperature in any refrigerator is at or exceeds 40 degrees, inform the
Site or Camp Director immediately.




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 Keeping Your Group Members Safe


Along with our outdoor experiences and participation, you and your group member’s
safety is our concern. It is the group leader’s responsibility to inform all group members of
the following emergency and safety procedures. Those trained in personal care and
rescue methods should also be aware of the locations of all our rescue equipment.


REPORTING
All incidents and accidents involving personal injury or property must be reported to a
Camp Director. The Camp Director must be immediately informed of any physical injuries
that need immediate care or are cause for an emergency. Phone 911 from the camp
office, personal cell phone or camp staff immediately in the event of an emergency.


SAFETY EQUIPMENT LOCATIONS
Watchaug Site
Waterfront       Backboard
Main Lodge       Oxygen, AED and Trauma Bag
Wohelo Site
Waterfront       Backboard
Champlin Lodge   Oxygen, AED and Trauma Bag
Challenge Course Backboard

Our staff members are all certified in the specific locations they work in and are rescue
ready at all times. However, as a precautionary method, we would like to make sure
your group members also know where safety equipment is stored.


HAZARDOUS WEATHER CONDITIONS
Because we are in open grounds, amongst trees and on a lake it is important that
everyone is familiar with our safety procedures in regards to thunderstorms and lightning.

       Upon sound of thunder or sight of lighting, immediately move indoors. Do not
       hesitate.
       Do NOT cross open fields
       Group Leader(s) should take attendance and ensure that all group participants
       are accounted for
       The Director on Duty will rotate by and check to make sure everyone is OK and
       accounted for
       The group will receive weather updates continuously during this process
       Programs will not reopen until 30 minutes after the last lighting strike or nearby
       thunder clap

COMMUNICATION PLANS



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All emergencies, health and safety risks and other concerns need to be voiced to the Site
or Camp Director immediately.

Audible Signals
An air horn is used throughout camp to signal specific emergencies.

Aquatics Emergency - One continual long blast
Used at the waterfronts to signal an aquatic emergency and for rescue equipment to be
immediately delivered.

General Emergency - Two Short Blasts, pause… (repeating)
Used to signal a major camp emergency in which all staff must escort participants to the
designated emergency locations (below).


Emergency Locations
Wohelo – Sports Courts
Watchaug – Athletic Field

Urgent Medical Emergencies
When encountering an emergency needing care beyond First Aid or our Camp Health
Staff abilities it is vital that the following communications are made. (This is assuming that
the guest is being taken care of during this time if there are additional staff)

   1. 9-911 dialed immediately. Do you know our address?
             YMCA Camp Watchaug                   Wohelo Site
            160 Prosser Trail                     50 Baberry Lane
             Charlestown, RI 02813          Charlestown, RI 02813
   2. Camp Director or the Site Director contacted.
   3. All other traffic on the radio should cease at this point. Please do not speak
      unless spoken to over the radios. This helps keep the radios clear for those
      immediately involved in the incident.

General Emergencies
             If there is an emergency at your program area, please move the other
             participants away from the area as quickly as possible. This is for
             everyone’s own safety.
             If the emergency occurred at another program area, please keep you and
             others calm and away from the scene.
             If participants are in immediate danger from lightning/thunder or other
             immediate risk, DO NOT HESITATE! Please act immediately and move to
             the closest covered and safe location, (i.e.: closest building). It is better to
             be overly cautious then risk people’s safety. Please do not wait to be told
             to leave your program area for shelter.
             Do not leave the indoor location until told by the Site or Camp Director.

BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS STANDARDS



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   1. Universal Precautions – wear protective hand gloves and when necessary,
      goggles, apron/smock and covered boots
   2. Any contaminated surfaces should be disinfected with a 10% Bleach solution (or a
      commercial-grade sanitizer) and allowed to dry. All cleanup materials should be
      disposed in the Bio-Box.
   3. Dispose of gloves immediately after treatment into orange bio-hazard bags and
      then into the Bio-Box
   4. Thoroughly wash hands after removing gloves
   5. Report each accident or report properly and document any exposures


EMERGENCY ACTION PLANS

Lost Participants Procedures
In most cases, a missing participant will be found in the bathroom/changing rooms. This
should be the first place to be checked.

If a quick check of these areas and the place where he/she is supposed to be does not
get results the Camp or Site Director will be notified. The Director will then follow the
below procedures:

Immediate Search
Ask all groups and activities via radio to take attendance to ensure they do not have an
extra participant. The Site or Camp Director will designate, along with the Director,
several staff members to quickly search the following. They will report back immediately
with radio so that the next steps may be followed if not positive results:
        Camp Office / Health Care Location
        Verify with morning attendance that the camper arrived to camp today
        All Bathroom facilities
        All Changing facilities
        All groups/activities take attendance and report results immediately via radios to
        Site/Camp Director

Camp Search
Once the Immediate Search has been completed and the missing camper is not found, then
the following procedures will be immediately followed:
        The General Camp Emergency Signal will be sounded (2 Short blasts, pause, then
        repeated).
        Staff will take attendance before leaving current area then report to the Site’s
        designated Emergency Location.
        Take attendance once at the Emergency Location and notify the Director
        immediately.
        The Camp Director will designate teams of staff to search the remainder of camp
        (including surrounding roads) while remaining staff watch the campers.
        If necessary, the Camp Director will contact local police and the camper’s parents.


Lost Bather Procedures


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All waterfront staff will perform as trained through their aquatic training during staff
week. The below actions will be put into action immediately by the Waterfront Director
(or current waterfront staff).
            The Waterfront Director will notify the Camp Director via radio and sound the
            air horn for one long, continual blast.
            The swim areas will be cleared immediately cleared by one staff member
            while the remaining aquatic staff begin the search procedures.
            Non-aquatic staff will assist in checking and verifying that the participant is not
            else where on camp (bathrooms, changing rooms, etc.)
            Lifeguards and lookouts will line up in front of the Polliwog section of the swim
            area after their areas have been cleared by swimmers.
            The Waterfront Director (WFD) will line everyone up and stay on the right side
            of the line.
            The WFD leads all staff into the Polliwog section, maintaining a straight line
            and continuously sweeping feet.
            Once the line reaches the first crossing dock section, the WFD gives the “dive”
            command and everyone dives under the dock, sweeping for lost swimmers and
            surface in the Minnows section.
            Staff will look to their right and left to make sure each guard surfaces safely
            before proceeding.
            At the “dive” command, the line will surface dive, take three sweeping strokes
            forward under water then surface and take two steps back.
            The above surface dive will be repeated until the line reaches the top the
            second crossing dock section.
            The WFD gives the “dive” command and everyone dives under the dock,
            sweeping for lost swimmers and surface in the Swimmers section.
            Staff will look to their right and left to make sure each guard surfaces safely
            before proceeding.
            At the “dive” command, the line will surface dive, take three sweeping strokes
            forward under water then surface and take two steps back.
            The above surface dive will be repeated until the line reaches the floating raft.
            The line will then turn around and repeat the same procedure back to shore.
            If the lost swimmer is still not found, the staff will split up and check around the
            jetties and alternate the above procedure.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
       Camp Director:
          o Advice staff to prepare for severe thunderstorms
          o Cancel all waterfront activities, field trips and other outside activities and
             go to Rainy Day Activity locations
          o Review camp supplies of battery powered emergency lighting
          o Develop indoor activities and implement if needed
       Camp Staff
          o Monitor weather conditions and radio and inform the Camp Director
          o Take Attendance
          o Report any damage to Camp Director
          o Restrict access to damaged area



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           o Advise staff that no candles, matches or open flames are to be used
             indoors in the event of powerloss.

Lightning/Thunderstorm
       Camp Director:
           o Ensure that all staff have moved participant immediately to closest.
           o Monitor local weather radar and wait 30 minutes after last
             lighting/thunder strike.
           o Review camp supplies of battery powered emergency lighting
           o Develop indoor activities and implement if needed
       Camp Staff
           o Immediately upon sight of lighting strike, sound of thunder or with
             instructions from a Director, move all participant and staff to the closest
             indoor shelter.
           o Take Attendance
           o Stay away from open doors, windows, fireplaces, radiators, metal pipes,
             sinks and plug-in electrical appliances.
           o Do not use the phone unless absolutely necessary.
           o Monitor weather conditions and radio and inform the Camp Director
           o If at the waterfront, retrieve all participants immediately and leave boats
             and equipment as they are.
           o Report any damage to Camp Director.
           o No candles, matches or open flames are to be used indoors in the event of
             powerloss.

Hazardous Materials
      Staff will
          o Evacuate the immediate area
          o Secure the perimeter of the area
          o Notify the Camp Director and call 911 and report the following
                     What has happened
                     Where
                     When
                     Chemicals involved, if known
                     Nature and extent of injuries
                     Color of smoke or liquid released
                     Your name and location
                     How you can be re-contacted by the authorities
          o Do not attempt rescues if hazardous materials are present
          o Gather participants and staff in a safe assembly area and report any
             missing campers or staff to Camp Director
      Camp Director will:
          o Camp Director in conjunction will notify the camper’s parent/guardian of
             the situation.

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Fire (General/Wilderness)
       Staff will:
              o Warn others nearby
              o Assist participants and staff away from the fire
              o Locate and use the nearest fire extinguisher.
              o Extinguish small fires, if possible without danger to campers or staff
              o Call 911 and request fire assistance if a fire extinguisher is not
                   effective (or send messenger if phone/radio is not available).
              o Look for injured person and treat with first aid, if needed
              o Notify Camp Director
              o Take attendance and report to Camp Director
              o Report to Emergency Locations upon sound of Emergency Signal.
                   Report Attendance to Site Director.
       Camp Director will:
              o Account for all participants and staff with a roll call
              o If missing persons are reported, follow Search Procedures located in
                   this handbook.
              o Provide further assistance to campers and staff
              o Assign someone to escort emergency vehicles if they are deemed
                   necessary.
              o Sound Emergency Signal if necessary.

Fire (Building)
        Staff will:
            o Evacuate participants and staff immediately. A window is as good as a
                door.
            o Once ALL participants and staff are safe, two staff members (never alone)
                may attempt to use a fire extinguisher if it is safe to do so.
            o Do not attempt to fight the fire yourself if it is beyond the control of a fire
                extinguisher.
            o Alert the Site and Camp Director immediately.
            o Call 911 if beyond the control of a fire extinguisher. Fire Emergency
                numbers are located near all telephones on camp.
            o Bring campers to Athletic Field (Watchaug) or Sports Courts (Wohelo).
                Report Attendance to Site Director.
        Camp Director will:
            o Call 911 if not already called.
            o Sound the camp air horn with continual short blasts to signal all campers
                and staff to report to emergency locations.


Intruder to Site
“Intruder” can be anyone from a participant arriving unannounced, contractors or actual
people that mean harm. All are to be taken seriously and professionally and most
important, immediately.

When a vehicle or a person comes onto camp with no prior notice, staff members should
immediately alert the Office and inquire if there is anyone scheduled to travel on camp at


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that time. If not, the staff member should request that the person go immediately to the
Office and then escort them there.

In the event you have difficulties with the Intruder, they seem uncomfortable or out of
place, immediately contact the Site or Camp Director and inform them of the situation.

If at any time the Site or Camp Director feels that the Intruder is a danger to participants,
the Emergency Signal may sound and all participants and staff will report to the
Emergency Location until the situation is remedied.


AQUATICS
All program participants under the age of 16 will receive a swim check before entering
swimming at the waterfront or kayaking. The swim check will be conducted in designated
areas with a Lifeguard on duty.

The participants will perform the following to be allowed in all sections of the waterfront
and swimming areas:

   -   One length of one section of the Polliwog section (shallow zone) with a forward-
       moving stroke (i.e.: freestyle, front crawl, side stroke or breast stroke)
   -   Tread water with hands and feet for one (30) thirty seconds (to be allowed in
       deeper sections and to kayak).

If they are not able to tread water they should be restricted to the Polliwog section of the
swimming area and from kayaking and high-impact watersports (banana boating, tubing,
etc.)

If they are not able to perform the swim-across, they will be restricted to the following
guidelines:
     - Wear a Type I, II or III PFD while in the water
     - Stay within arms reach of a parent/guardian at all times while in the water.
     - Do not enter the water until further approval/checks from the Waterfront Director




                     Boating
                                                                        Submerged
                               Submerged            Swim                  rocks
                                 rocks              Dock




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PERSON WITH IMPAIRED MOBILITY
For those persons with impaired mobility that need assistance walking or use
a wheelchair, it is important that their access is controlled while at the
waterfront. An aide/parent will be with each camper at all times while at the
waterfront. If the camper is to go boating (rowboats only) he or she must be
in a boat with two aides/parents or staff members. While underway, he or she
should be held to control his/her balance.

Someone with impaired mobility may not gain access to the waterfront without
an aide/parent and direct permission and knowledge of the waterfront staff.




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                          WATERFRONT EMERGENCY PROCEDURES


                                INCLEMENT WEATHER

   1) ONE RAPID AIR-HORN BLAST to alert all staff

   2) Announce on radio to RETURN ALL BOATS

   3) Alert CAMP DIRECTOR on the staff radio that waterfront is closed

   4) Ensure that the OTHER WATERFRONT is also closing

   5) Take ATTENDANCE

   6) Send staff up with campers to RAINY DAY ACTIVITY AREAS

   7) Secure all boats, buildings and CLOSE THE WATERFRONT


                    MAJOR INJURY / DROWNING (Code 11)
                Under the assumption that the camper is currently being rescued

   1) Determine if 911 needs to be called

   2) Operate under training protocol for proper extrication and rescue

   3) Prepare RESCUE EQUIPMENT

   4) Alert CAMP DIRECTOR on the staff radio         CODE 11 AT YOUR LOCATION

   5) ONE LONG AND CONTINUAL AIR-HORN BLAST to alert all staff

   6) Announce on radio to RETURN ALL BOATS to moorings and await further
      instructions

   7) Take ATTENDANCE

   8) Move STAFF AND CAMPERS off beach until emergency vehicle(s) have arrived
      and departed

   9) ASSESS THE SCENE and determine if it is safe to re-open waterfront




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Outdoor Center Activities

ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE WITH THE BASE PROGRAM
The base program is the standard rates posted on our website and on our rental
application. The base program allows for all group-led activities, however we provide all
the equipment you will need. The Base Program includes the following programs and
staff members

Director on Duty
Athletic Fields and Courts
Athletic sports equipment (does not include archery or boating equipment)
Picnic areas and benches
Indoor space (Camp Lodges)
Changing Rooms
Bathrooms
Lifeguards proportionate to group size
Use of outdoor grilles


ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS
These programs are in addition to the base program and are all led and instructed by
qualified staff members.

Canoe/Kayaks (short instruction provided)
Banana Boating
Archery
Arts & Crafts
Climbing Wall
Challenge Course and Team Building Programming




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School Groups: Chaperone/Teacher Guidelines


We welcome you to our team and hope you will find your role as a chaperone enjoyable
and rewarding. If you have questions feel free call the Watchaug staff or speak to the
lead teacher/organizer from your school or group.

The YMCA Watchaug Outdoor Center is an exciting place to learn. We strive to provide
students with a unique environment where they can gain skills in cooperation and critical
thinking and develop a sense of appreciation for the natural world. It is a great place for
students to get to know each other in new ways and build stronger relationships. It is also
a great place for students to have positive interactions with adults. As a parent or teacher,
chaperones have extremely worthwhile backgrounds and life experiences for helping
children to grow and learn. Take this opportunity to use your skills and wisdom and make
this a truly rewarding experience for all involved.

Your primary role as a chaperone is supervision. As a supervisor it is important that safety
is always in the forefront of your mind and that you are available to the students in case
any problems come up. You can also expand your role and make it more meaningful by
getting as involved as possible with the students and the program. Supervision
responsibilities for the various times of the day are outlined below along with suggestions
for ways to make the most of your role.

Your role during instruction is as follows:
   • Encourage participation and enthusiasm by being a positive role model. Enthusiasm
       is contagious, and students who often know you better than the instructor, will
       follow your example.

   •   Adhere to and help enforce any rules, guidelines or safety measures set down by
       the instructor.

   •   Assist with discipline as requested by the instructor. If one student is being
       particularly disruptive, take him or her aside so the class may continue
       uninterrupted.

   •   Accompany individual students to the nurse or their lodge if it becomes necessary.

Here are some suggestions to make instruction times as beneficial as possible for all
involved:
   • Allow the instructor of the group to be in charge. If you disagree with the instructor
       about something, speak to him or her privately or bring your concerns to the lead
       teacher or program coordinator. Please do not contradict the instructor in front of
       the students.

   •   Participate and get involved in the activity. Enjoy yourself, but keep in mind that
       the classes are designed to provide learning experiences for the students. The
       students need leadership, but often one of the goals of an activity is for the
       students to find their own leadership within the group.


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   •   We value and welcome your contribution to instruction time. Let us know if there
       are certain topics you’d like to see discussed. We will try to honor your requests
       but it is not always possible.

   •   Feel free to keep the group together after instruction to continue debriefing the
       experience or discuss related topics.

   •   Please refrain from smoking or having personal conversations during instruction
       times.




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Recommended Attire

LAYER UP
It is always best to be ready for variable weather conditions and a combination of indoor
and outdoor activities. Morning and evening temperatures in the spring and fall are
sometimes cool and midday temperatures can be hot. Rain is also common.



FOOTWEAR
You will be walking on rugged gravel camp roads and dirt trails. Well fitted hiking boots
or sturdy sneakers are best. You must have close-toed shoes for the Challenge Course or
Athletic programs. Flip-Flops and sandals are not allowed on the Challenge Course and
are not recommended for general use around camp because of rocks and other rough
obstructions on property.



SUNSCREEN
Even on cloudy days participants are in danger of burns from the suns rays. It is important
that each group member wears sunscreen. We recommend a waterproof SPF of 45 or
higher for a day at Camp Watchaug.




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 DIRECTIONS



WATCHAUG SITE
From Westerly: Take Route 1 North to Charlestown, RI and take the Burlingame State Park
exit (not the Camping Area). This is a left turn onto Route 1 South. Take the first right onto
Prosser Trail. The Watchaug Site is the first left after the Burlingame State Park Entrance.
Follow the Camp road to the bottom of the hill. Main lodge is on the right. Additional
parking is available on the ball field.

From Providence: Take 95S to Route 4 to Route 1 South to Charlestown, RI. Follow the signs
to Burlingame State Park. Take the first left after the State Park entrance. Follow the
Camp road to the bottom of the hill. The main lodge is on the right.



WOHELO SITE
From Westerly: Take Route 1 North to Charlestown, RI and take the Burlingame State Park
exit (not the Camping Area). This is a left turn onto Route 1 South. Take the first right onto
Prosser Trail. Go 1.2 miles on Prosser Trail and take a left onto Watchaug Lane
(‘Watchaug Heights’). Take the first left onto Bayberry lane. Drive through gate to the
WOHELO Site.

From Providence: Take Route 1 South to Charlestown, RI. Take the Kings Factory Road exit
and travel approximately 3/4 mile. Turn left at Prosser Trail and take an immediate right
onto Watchaug Lane (‘Watchaug Heights’). Take the first left onto Bayberry Lane. Drive
through the gate to the Camp Watchaug WOHELO site.




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Outdoor Center Handbook          Ocean Community YMCA

				
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