Ensuring Your Child’s Safety

How We Create a Safe, High Quality Experience for Your Child

Thank you for your interest in our summer camps. We take great care in making sure your child has a safe and fun time. Quality is of the utmost importance to me. It is my job to make sure our camps have the best trained staff, that we provide an extraordinary and memorable experience for your child and that they are safe and healthy in our care. I take this responsibility very seriously.  To ensure this, we have an experienced camp director at each of our camp locations. Below is information on how I and my staff are able to consistently provide the highest quality experience for your child.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a visit, please don’t hesitate to contact me at maggie@twocoyotes.org.


Maggie Gotterer

Executive Director

How We Provide an Extraordinary Experience for Your Child

All of our Lead Instructors are long-time employees at our school with hundreds of field hours spent in the woods with kids. This is our key to providing a safe and high quality experience for your child. These lead staff are highly experienced and trained individuals who are dedicated and passionate about connecting kids to nature. These instructors are always adults. Typically they are 25 years old or older and have a significant amount of life experience behind them.

Our Assistant Instructors are adults or highly responsible teens who we have worked with for many years. They are often junior Two Coyotes staff who are newer to our school and in the process of being trained in wilderness mentoring. These staff are hired for their strong combination of qualifications, talent and common sense. Our assistant camp staff and mentors-in-training all attend an intensive training that focuses on safety, first aid, and our core curriculum.


Background Checks and References

Criminal Background Checks are required of ALL staff

Sexual Offender Background Checks required of ALL staff

Personal and professional references required of ALL staff


First Aid Training

Our First Aid Director is trained in CPR and First Aid. The First Aid Director is always onsite for summer camps. In addition, most of our Lead Instructors are also first aid and CPR certified. All of our staff are trained to respond to an emergency by following our emergency action plan. Each Lead Instructor carries a first aid kit to address minor health needs in the field. Serious injuries and illnesses are handled by calling parents or calling 911 if needed. We also have a camp doctor on call to advise us on medical situations and protocol.


Camp License

We are a licensed camp registered with the Connecticut Department of Health. Each year they conduct a surprise inspection for our camps to ensure we meet the health and safety regulations. We are in compliance with all of the rules and regulations regarding the safety and health of our campers.


Staff to Camper Ratio

Our ratio of campers to staff is at least 1:6, with a maximum of 12 students in each camp group. This ensures groups small enough to provide a fun and intensive experience while large enough to have a diversity of students and opportunity to make new friends.