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Summer day camps are a go-to place for children during summer. According to a survey, 11 million children go to a day camp during the summer. Summer day camp safety rules are crucial to ensure safety and give a fulfilling camp experience to children. The rules are designed to keep the safety of children and adults in mind.

To make outdoor adventures more safe and accessible for children, R.A.D. Camps has introduced summer day camp programs for children between the ages of 7 to 17. By enrolling in our well-structured programs, children will explore over 50 unique and pristine locations in the forests and mountains of Central Oregon. Our summer day camp programs focus on interaction with nature, camaraderie, free play, and fun.

Read here five summer day camp rules that guarantee the safety of campers at all times.

Rule 1: Always Stay Together

Campers should practice staying together even when adults are watching over them. This is essential to stop them from wandering off to unsafe zones and prevents them from losing their way. Campers cannot venture independently, whether in a group task or free time.

Summer day camp guides ensure that children go in pairs wherever they go in the camp area. This practice ensures that if a child gets in trouble, there will be someone nearby to help. In addition, children become more understanding and empathic by learning how to work in collaboration. It teaches them accountability and responsibility and forges friendships.

Rule 2: Water Is Off Limits Without A Camp Guide

Water bodies excite children and entice them to swim and explore. But they can be dangerous without the supervision of an adult. Summer day camps only allow children to venture into the lake or river for a dip with the supervision of a camp guide. These rules are explained at the beginning of a summer day camp.

​In addition, summer day camps usually program swimming activities, so children don’t feel the urge to sneak into the water unsupervised. These official camp activities allow them to have a fun-filled experience of playing in the water.

Rule 3: Camp Boundaries

Summer day camps set specific markers and boundaries to let the children know the off-limit areas. This gives them a clear idea about the parts of the campsite that they can explore and the others which are out of bounds. These camp boundaries allow children to go around and have fun without going too far.

Rule 4: Don’t Eat Wild Fruits And Plants


Wild berries and mushrooms are abundantly found in the woods. But campers are prohibited from picking and consuming any of these. They can be poisonous or unsafe for consumption and raise health concerns.

Although birds and animals consume wild fruits, they may not be safe for humans. The health risks associated with consuming poisonous mushrooms and wild berries are explained to campers. This helps them identify and avoid harmful plant species. ​

Rule 5: Shoes On At All Times

Whether they use flip-flops or sneakers, children are required to keep their shoes on at all times. Being in the woods while barefoot can pose serious threats. The woods have rocks, thorns, and poisonous plants that could injure them. Therefore, campers need to wear shoes while going around in the woods.

These rules are set to keep children safe while allowing them to enjoy their camping experience.

Enroll in our RAD Camps summer programs to give your child a memorable outdoor experience. We offer summer day camp programs in Bend, Oregon. We take children to various locations in Deschutes and Willamette National Forests. Our motto is “No Child Left Inside.” We connect children with nature through fun-filled activities.

For more information, visit our website, contact us, or call us at (541) 410-7258.


Chance is the owner and CEO of R.A.D. Camps in Bend, Oregon. He attended R.A.D. Camps summer programs as a kid and loved it so much he bought the company!