A Closer Look at Summer Camp Safety

6-10 rob webMEDFORD, Ore. — For many students, the next few months will include summer camps and other activities. Kids Unlimited and the Rogue Valley Family Y.M.C.A. offer summer programs and say they have strict precautions in place to make sure kids are safe.

The Rogue Valley Family Y.M.C.A. offers programs at multiple locations and say security of the children is not only thought out in advance, it is given to parents at the orientation.

In addition to security features and plans, the y-m-c-a has also partnered with local law enforcement and officials say both the Medford police chief and Jackson county district attorney sit on their board to help guide safety and security.

“It helps us review our safety procedures. Law enforcement actually come and volunteer in our programs at the YMCA, so, at summer camp, they come and volunteer in uniform at our camps,” said Executive Director Brad Russell.

Some programs are held at nearby Central Medford High School which already has firm security measures in place. At the Y.M.C.A. building, there is only one point of entry and lockdown procedures can go into effect at a moment’s notice. Rogue Valley Family Y.M.C.A. officials encourage any part with questions or concerns of security at any summer program to ask for more information.