Don't Mess with Roosters
I learned a lot about safety when I was a kid growing up on my grandparents’ farm. I learned that a barking dog can sometimes bite. The higher you climb up in the tree, the farther you may fall out of the tree. Horses, cows, sheep, and hogs are bigger than you are, and they do what they want. Tiny newborn kittens are cute, fluffy, and precious, but in about two weeks they will be capable of shredding a human hand. And finally, roosters, whether provoked or unprovoked, can often be little more than writing, feathery masses of sharp bone and unbridled rage. Thankfully, not all of these lessons were learned from experience.
Director of Operations
As an adult, I became a little more skilled at recognizing safety issues before I fell victim to their consequences. For example, Seat belts may be an annoying hassle, but life is way too precious to risk; safety glasses may not look stylish, but they ensure that you get to keep your eyes; bike helmets mess your hair up, but at least a fall won’t mess your brain up. When I became a parent, some would argue that I became too good at recognizing risky things. Yeah, I’m THAT parent. I don’t wrap my children in bubble wrap . . . in public at least (that’s a joke, by the way). However, I try to ensure that unnecessary, foolish risk is avoided as often as possible. It’s true that one can never be too careful, but it’s also true that almost everything worth doing involves at least a little risk. What’s a parent (who’s also a “safety nerd”) to do? Don’t get me wrong, I believe that God is truly omnipotent and his protection is real and ever-present. However, I also believe that he often allows us to face the consequences of our careless actions. We trust him and use the abilities and tools he gives us to serve him with excellence. I believe that’s why God called me to Carolina Creek. He needed a safety nerd.
In my position as Director of Operations here at Carolina Creek, striving to protect the health, safety, and security of our staff and campers is an important part of my job. It’s a big job, and I take it very seriously. You see, my own children attend this camp, and love it! However, a big part of why they love Carolina Creek is because of the fun activities they get to do. Activities that sometimes send them flying 40 feet up in the air, dangling from ropes and wires, or climbing up a tall wooden telephone pole, standing up on the very top of the giant pole, and then of course, jumping off. Not to mention boating, tubing, running, jumping, swimming, hiking, and praising God in a large group of active children in a very hyper fashion! Without those amazingly awesome, yet potentially dangerous activities, camp just wouldn’t be camp.
Necessarily, as part of my “safety guy” job, I may occasionally have to “suck the fun” out of an activity that I deem to be too risky. However, I am also committed to assisting Carolina Creek’s efforts to provide my children, your children, and all of our staff and guests a truly enjoyable and often adventurous experience at Carolina Creek. To that end, we make it our goal to hire the best staff and provide them with high-quality training and safety equipment. We ensure that our adventure staff and lifeguards hold all the proper certifications, and supervise them closely while they run our amazing programs. We take child abuse prevention very seriously and hold our staff and community to the highest standards of excellence in protecting our campers (my children!). Every Creek Staff member is trained in first aid and CPR / AED certified. We have an EMT (studying to be a paramedic) on our full-time staff, and we have an RN with years of emergency room experience overseeing our health program, and our camp health offices. Additionally, we are always on the lookout for ways to improve and grow in our efforts to mitigate unnecessary risk.
It’s true, a barking dog can sometimes bite. However, if you take the necessary precautions to make sure the dog is friendly, it’s also super fun to play with. Climbing a tree can lead to a fall, but some common sense knowledge about how to do it in a safer manner can lead to a pain-free and fantastic view! And roosters. . . well, just don’t mess with roosters.
Director of Operations