a letter from our Director

Dear Camp Parents:

Thank you for allowing Camp Tekakwitha to be a part of your child’s summer. At Camp
our community is committed to the safety and well-being of each camper. As camp
professionals, we know we are entrusted with your children, and we take this
responsibility to protect your children very seriously. Camp Tekakwitha is a
secure place. Our camp staff works with campers and public safety providers
(local police and fire departments, emergency responders and hospitals, weather
services and others) to mitigate any emergency. Our camp is accredited by the
American Camp Association, which requires that we have risk and crisis
management plans in place and that we conduct periodic reviews and drills of
those plans. 

Our safeguards and protocols for severe weather are focused on the safety of each
camper. Our first line of defense includes constant monitoring of several
weather resources. Our team is looking to the skies, the national weather
service, emergency weather radios, as well as other weather outlets so as to have
the very best and latest weather updates. 

We have a rainy day schedule, which we use for both ordinary rainy days and in the
event of an approaching threatening storm system, which moves all staff and
campers indoors and into close proximity of our two storm shelters. This
transition also clears most non-weather communications from the camp radio
channels so that the camp directors and leadership can communicate more quickly
with all of camp.   

In the event that an approaching weather event has had tornado warnings issued in
adjacent counties, or we anticipate severe straight line winds, etc. we will,
as conditions permit,  move the staff and campers to the two main
underground reinforced storm shelters before tornado warning are issued in
our area.  We certainly move to those storm shelters anytime a tornado
warning is issued. The staff and camp leadership will confirm that all campers
are safely with their counselor and will continue to monitor the developing
weather situation. 

Our severe weather procedures include communicating with our camp parents. As our
first responsibility is to your child, we will focus our energies on making
certain every camper and staff is secure during severe weather, and then will
communicate with you as quickly as possible. At Camp Tekakwitha we understand
the great privileged and responsibility that we take on when caring for your
camper. During severe weather, as with any safety concern at camp, our team is
devoted to the care, health, and safety of your child. Thank you for making
Camp Tekakwitha a part of your family's summer and May God bless you.

In Christ,

Deacon Dana Allen Nearmyer

Director of Evangelization 

Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas


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