At CYJ Texas, we think about the safety and security of our campers, staff and camp facilities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 (sometimes 366!) days a year. In light of the current climate, though, I want to share with you details of some of our day-to-day security protocols and some of our plans for this summer.
First, we remain in constant contact with a broad network of camps, Jewish organizations and professional security consultants who share information and best practices to ensure that our camp remains one of the safest places that any kid can be. We continually review camp’s security policies and procedures with state, local and federal officials, as well as other experts in the field.
Several years ago, CYJ began having Hays County Sheriff deputies on camp property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the summer. This practice is more aggressive than many other camps across the country and is incredibly costly. We believe, however, that the visible presence of professional law enforcement officers at camp, and the relationship this arrangement fosters between camp and the local sheriff’s department, makes this a worthwhile investment. This expense is just one indication of how seriously we take the safety and security of each person in our care. In addition to onsite security, we use security cameras and have an electronic gate so that we can control entrance onto the property.
Of course these tools are not nearly as important as the overall awareness and training of our staff. Security plans and procedures are reviewed and updated every summer. Prior to the arrival of our campers, the staff will have already spent time learning about proper threat response and emergency procedures, and they will have participated in a variety of lockdown, evacuation and other security drills. These drills continue throughout the summer.
We deeply appreciate the trust you place in us and we take this responsibility very seriously. We remain committed to a safe and secure summer for our campers and staff members, and we will ensure that all appropriate measures are taken to provide our camp families with the comfort and confidence they should expect.
The laughter of the children, the smiles, and the friendships that will be made make me wish it were June already.
Frank H. Silberlicht