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Safety is a top priority at Nuhop. We tend to not only the physical safety of students, but also their emotional safety. Students are always encouraged and never pressured to take part in our activities. All activities for Outdoor Education are supervised by our trained staff and safety equipment is always used when appropriate.
Student safety begins with our Mission Statement: “To provide a safe, nurturing, dynamic learning environment where people are empowered to succeed.” We believe that in order to grow, students need to be not only physically safe, but emotionally safe as well. This belief is the foundation that our organization was established on in 1974 and continues to be the driving force in all of our programs.
Part of making sure that students feel safe emotionally is our philosophy of “Challenge by Choice.” This philosophy allows students to choose their level of participation, especially in situations where the students may be outside their comfort zones. Nuhop Field Instructors help students to go beyond the limitations each student may have placed upon themselves in any given activity but the final choice for the level of participation is entirely up to the participant.
Students at Nuhop are supervised 24/7 by our staff. While the nature of experiential education involves hands on, highly engaged learning in the out of doors, every precaution is taken to ensure student safety. This includes areas ranging from direct supervision at all times to making sure students have proper footwear within the woods or ropes course.
- A Nuhop staff member is assigned as a nighttime supervisor. He/She is responsible for all aspects of operations and safety during evening and overnight hours.
- All Nuhop Field Instructors are required to go through the same background check that public school teachers in Ohio are required to do.
- The Director of Facilities is responsible for ensuring that all facilities and equipment are maintained to OSHA standards. He is also a state certified EMT.