Saftey is one of our CentriKid promises. We take safety seriously, and make it a priority with kids. Camp is a safe place for kids – emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
One way that we make camp a safe place physically is by training our staffers on how to be kid-friendly in their physical contact with campers.
Here are some ways our staffers practice kid-friendly physical contact:
Hugs – Who doesn’t love hugs? Hugs can make a bad day instantly better. However, there are appropriate ways to hug. Our staffers are constantly being approached by children wanting hugs.
Try these two ways to handle an oncoming child ready for a hug:
- The Side Hug: Jon Acuff has really made this a trendy way to give a hug. If a child is quickly approaching, swiftly turn to the side and place your arm around the child to avoid the oncoming full frontal hug. Avoid the full-frontal hug if at all possible.
- The Invisible Hug: This is a full proof way to ensure kid-friendly contact. When a child approaches you with a huge smile and open arms ready for a hug, simply stop them by giving them an invisible hug. See the demonstration below.
High Fives – We love high fives at CentriKid. Instead of stopping a hug with a stiff arm, try smoothly transitioning into a high five. Not only are they fun but they are also super kid-friendly.
Here are some ways to spice up your high fives:
- High Ten: Why stop with five? Try giving someone a high ten today! If you want to really be creative – act as if you are going to give someone a high ten, pull away at the last minute, and give yourself moose ears. Make this a truly memorable experience by yelling, “Moose!”