Both physical and emotional safety are top priorities at Nuhop outdoor education programs. Students are always encouraged and never pressured to take part in our activities. All of our outdoor education activities are closely supervised by our trained staff, and safety equipment is always used when necessary.
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 both physically and emotionally safe. This belief is the foundation that our organization was established on in 1974, and continues to be the driving force in all of our educational outdoor programs.
Part of making sure that students feel safe emotionally at our outdoor programs for youth 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 their own self-imposed limitations, but the final choice for the level of participation is entirely up to the participant.
While the nature of experiential outdoor activity camps involves hands-on, highly engaged learning, every precaution is taken to ensure student safety. Students at Nuhop are supervised 24/7 by our staff to make sure students stay safe, including by using 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 as public school teachers in Ohio.
- 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.