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Sarah Gauld is the Outdoor Education Supervisor for Jackson County Parks + Rec. She serves as Camp Director for the Jacomo Summer Camp.
Each week, campers participate in activities such as: Archery, Arts and Crafts, Camping Skills, Canoeing, Fishing, Games, Hiking, Nature Study, Science, Swimming and more. In addition to the special activities highlighted in that week's camp theme, there are usually one or more field trips each week.
One or more certified Red Cross Lifeguard supervises every boating or swimming activity (in addition to the group’s regular counselors). All campers wear life jackets while boating on the pond. Campers must wear life jackets to fish from the dock on the pond - campers must either pass a swim test or wear a life jacket when swimming at the camp pool or beach.
We always use the buddy system, “nose counts,” and roll-call to account for all our campers. When we go to the Water Park, campers wear colored wristbands. All counselors are trained in boating and swimming safety, as well as CPR and emergency procedures.
We have a lot of non-swimmers at camp and we take lots of safety precautions when the campers are involved in aquatic activities.
This is decided on a case-by-case basis. Please call the Camp Director at 816-229-8980. Every effort will be made to include special needs children in the camp when possible. All children must be able to function with a 10-to-1 camper/counselor radio, safely participate in camp activities with reasonable accommodation, follow directions (for safety sake), and abide by the Camp Code of Conduct. The Summer Camp staff is not trained in special needs and there are no medical personnel on the staff.