Teaching the Word of God has always been a huge part of what we do. With Bible Institutes in 13 locations around the world, our desire is to reach a new generation of world changers.
Whether you want to get away in the Adirondacks or head down to sunny Florida, Word of Life camps has options for you. Though the locations are different, our commitment to provide you with solid Biblical speakers, top-notch musical talent, and an amazing location to get away won't change.
Word of Life is an international organization with active ministry in over 60 countries and over 1,100 missionaries. Last year alone, over 160,000 people made professions of faith through the various ministries around the world. To God be the glory...great things He is doing!
With missionaries spread around the country, Local Church Ministries is focused on helping local churches accurately teach God's Word to their youth. We supply the Bible curriculum and then help train your leaders to teach the youth of your church the truths of God's Word.
At Word of Life Camps, the safety and security of our campers and guests is at the top of our priority list. For nearly 60 years, God has blessed us with an excellent track record of health and safety. Though no one can totally prevent some injuries or emergencies, we believe that, by God’s grace, and by the continual, focused implementation of the following levels of protection, we can ensure an overall camp experience that is safe and fun for all.
We would recommend that every parent/youth leader spend some time with their camper talking about our Code of Conduct and how they have the right to say no, and if something is not appropriate that they have the right to report it. It is a proven that having open discussion about these matters empowers a camper to know what is right and how to respond. At camp, we will cover in basic terminology to the camper our Code of Conduct and explain to them how they can report any concerns.
The majority of our counselors are students and graduates of the Word of Life Bible Institute. Before ever enrolling at WOLBI, each applicant’s background is carefully screened.
As part of our hiring process, Word of Life questions several adults who know the applicant and can attest to their character and integrity.
Prior to the summer, our camp staff reviews the accumulated experience of each student, interviews each applicant, and consults with the Dean’s Office to place students into their most effective role and remove students who do not meet our rigorous camp standards.
Prior to the summer, every member of our summer staff is screened by state authorities against the National and New York State Sex Offender Registry.
Camper and Staff Counselors pass through an intensive, on-site, 10-day training course covering issues of leadership, counseling, safety and first aid, children and teen issues, spiritual preparation, camp program, team building, and other topics.
As students and graduates of W.O.L.B.I., our students have spent the school year learning the Bible in one of the strongest Bible training schools in the country. The unique curriculum balances classroom knowledge with practical ministry and life growth.
Specific training is provided to every employee covering not only our own camp’s Child Protection Policy, but also best practices of working with children and teens. Topics cover awareness, prevention, reporting, response, and more.
Throughout the summer, ongoing in-service training is conducted in both individual and group settings.
At each of our camps we have a Child Protection Program called 360 Degree Supervision. We train every counselor on 3-T¹s, 3-W¹s and 3-R¹s. The 3 T¹s are; touch, talk and territory, we have clearly defined for each of these what is appropriate and not appropriate behavior. The 3-T's are clearly defined in our Code of Conduct that each staff member must understand and abide by (link to document) The 3-W's are for who, what and where. Who - every person at every location will be properly identified as staff, camper or visitor. What - what is the person doing? Are their actions consistent with our Code of Conduct. Where - where is the person located and are they violating the private, non-private areas. At no time should a camper, and staff member be in a non-private area. The 3-R's are for Recognize, Resist and Report. Every camper and staff member needs to be able to recognize what is appropriate and not appropriate and they have the right to resist the behavior and report it.
At Word of Life, campers are never alone. Campers are directly supervised by at least one, but usually several, counselors at all times. Campers do not go anywhere or do anything unsupervised.
New York State mandates a maximum camper-to-counselor ratio of 1:10, however we routinely operate at a ratio of 1:6 on the Island and 1:4 at the Ranch.
Our campus is located in a sparsely-populated, resort region of the Adirondacks. However, we are less than 3 miles from the nearest Fire/EMS station, and 30 minutes or less to public hospitals and Health Centers.
Our campus security staff identifies and registers all visitors to the property. Visitors must check-in and wear identifying bracelets while on property.
Our campus security patrols the property through the night.
Each of our cabins/dormitories is locked each night and when not in use.
All Word of Life staff and all campers wear identifying bracelets. Every visitor must wear an ID Bracelet, and entry and exit of property is logged and recorded.
We have our own Health Center on property, staffed and stocked for both emergencies and routine health care.
Our two, full-time registered nurses are complimented each week by two or three additional registered nurses for round-the-clock health care.
In addition to our registered nurses, we also have a crew of certified RTE’s (Red Cross, Responding to Emergency Certification) who assist the Health Center staff and provide first aid around the property.
Staff who serve in special activity areas such as the Beach, Climbing Tower, and Horsemanship instruction are trained and certified in their respective areas. Many are also certified RTE’s.
Our Camp Safety Plan, is reviewed and approved annually by the New York State Department of Health. This comprehensive plan, including both prevention and response, guides our overall safety program.
Although campers are always directly supervised by at least one counselor, each cabin unit is supervised by three to five counselors, creating great cross-over supervision and accountability.
Each counselor and staff member meets regularly with a supervisor for specific feedback and improvement strategies. Counselors meet with their supervisor both daily and weekly. This additional layer of accountability is helpful to both the staff member and the entire program.
Word of Life holds to a zero-tolerance policy. All accusations and questionable behavior are pursued immediately. All accused parties are investigated to the fullest extent and are removed from service until a complete investigation is completed. Once the investigation is completed, if innocent the staff member is returned to service, if found guilty our termination and enforcement policy is enacted and all local authorities are informed of findings.
We take every report, mention or inappropriate action very seriously. We have a written policy and procedural manual for incident reporting and investigation. All local authorities are involved and engaged in the process.
Each of our camping locations are equipped with a Safebox. A Safebox is similar to a mailbox where students can report any actions or situations that they feel are innapropriate or make them feel uncomfortable. We also have a phone number that is availible for campers, staff, parents, youth leaders, and guests to report any innapropriate behavior they may see or experience. That number is 518-494-6300. If you prefer email you can email email@example.com