Our staff is highly trained and places an emphasis on a quality program for youth in a safe and healthy environment. We are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), which means we voluntarily comply with more than 300 nationally recognized industry standards for camp programs and facilities.
Camp fire believes that in order for children to have a positive camping experience a well-trained, mature, enthusiastic staff is the key. Camp counselors are carefully chosen for their maturity, and values. Staff is required to have at least one to two years of college or have gone through a leader in training, and/or counselor in training program . All Staff members undergo an extensive 13-15 days of training prior to the camp season, emphasizing safety, child development and growth, group dynamics including facilitation where campers are encouraged to not only process feelings and behavior,but to resolve conflict, gain confidence develop a sense of belonging and skill in decision making. Reference checks, criminal history background checks including national database for sex offenders are completed on all staff and volunteers. The entire staff is certified in First Aid/CPR/AED and when help is delayed, all lifeguards are certified to supervise on open water activities. Many of our staff is trained in wilderness first aid, and our camp nurse lives in camp and is available 24-hours a day. Camp fire is dedicated to provide a safe environment for both campers and staff.
"We perform background checks on our staff, check outside references, require current first aid and CPR certifications, and expect exceptional role modeling for your children. We understand that you are trusting us with the most precious part of your life – you are trusting us with your child.” -Camp Director Theresa Samuelsen
Camp Zanika Lache is inclusive. Acceptance and participation in our programs is open to everyone regardless of race, religion, national origin, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or other aspect of diversity. Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify.