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Policies and Procedures
These policies and procedures are written for the integrity of our property and programs, the longevity of our organization, and your safety. Because your program agreement is based upon these, you are required to read and comply with all policies and procedures.
Alcohol is not permitted on the property unless arrangements have been made in advance to have it served by a licensed bartender who meets the liability insurance requirements of Indiana University. Self-service alcohol is never permitted. If you are interested in serving alcohol at your event, please speak with your event coordinator. Read the university's alcohol policy on their website.
Service animals individually trained to perform tasks or work directly related to a person’s intellectual, physical, psychiatric, or sensory diagnosis, are permitted. While on the property, handlers must maintain control of the service animal by way of harness, leash, tether, or voice. Handlers may be asked to remove the service animal from the property if the animal is not housebroken or becomes uncontrollable. Personal pets are not permitted on the property. Read the university’s policy about animals on their website.
We maintain an aggressive policy to prevent bed bug infestations and actively spray several times per year to prevent bed bugs. If bed bugs are discovered, we will eliminate them by using a heat treatment of the affected area(s). Anyone known to have bed bugs in their home should not attend camp without first undergoing a heat treatment of their personal effects. We can assist with treatment if needed.
You are responsible for the behavior of your group. We do reserve the right to eject from property any individuals or groups not acting in a responsible manner.
These items may not be operated on Indiana University property without obtaining prior approval. Please let us know if you anticipate operating these items at Bradford Woods. Read the full policy on the university’s website.
Wood from outside Bradford Woods is prohibited for environmental and pest reasons.
No firearms, fireworks, flammable materials, illegal drugs, or weapons are allowed on the property.
Gold panning and prospecting is prohibited on Indiana University and Bradford Woods property.
Anyone with active head lice should not attend camps or programs until they have been appropriately treated. Groups should screen their participants before coming to camp and discourage close or direct head contact among group participants. If head lice are found during a camp or a program, we will ask the affected individuals to remove themselves from programming until appropriate treatment has been initiated.
We encourage you to enjoy our trails. To lessen environmental impact, we ask that you use our trail maps to ensure and remain on the trails at all times. Please do not collect or harm mushrooms, plants, or wildlife. If you’re interested in hiking to the north end of the property, please ask your host for a hiking map and explanation of trails and boundaries. The terrain can be rugged and make for difficult navigation.
For the safety of other visitors and wildlife, please adhere to the following rules.
- Please observe the posted 20-miles per hour speed limit.
- Limit driving through the property during your event unless necessary to move people or equipment.
- Watch for and obey one-way roads and other traffic signs. This is especially true when traveling to and from the administrative parking lot.
- No one is permitted to ride in the back of trucks or other non-passenger vehicles.
- Off-road and Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs) are prohibited.
- Park vehicles only in designated areas.
- All delivery and fire lanes must be left unobstructed at all times. All driveways and roads must be clear of cars in case of emergencies.
- Parking is limited and carpooling is strongly encouraged. Please notify your event coordinator of the number of cars and/or buses you will be bringing to the property so he/she can help you make arrangements for your group.
Bradford Woods and Indiana University are not responsible for the damage, loss or theft of any items brought onto the property. We recommend that you avoid bringing expensive jewelry or items that may get lost or damaged during your stay. Personal sports equipment such as baseballs, bats, frisbees, soccer balls, etc. may be brought but should be handled safely. Please do not bring personal climbing gear.
Quiet hours are from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. the next morning. Please respect other visitors by returning to your facilities and minimizing noise during this time.
Bins are available at Agape Lodge, Baxter Dining Hall, Carr Center, Griffith Hall, and Manor House. Small green recycling bins are located in our lodging. We recommend groups bring reusable water bottles and coffee mugs for the duration of the event to help Bradford Woods reduce waste. Please contact your event coordinator if you cannot locate these bins.
A siren will sound on the property in the event of a tornado or another severe weather situation. Shelter locations for severe weather are included in the welcome binder in each building on the property. If possible, please make your way to the preferred location. If the weather will not permit or you determine it is unsafe to move that distance, please make your way to the alternate location. In cases of severe lightning or thunderstorms, please move to the nearest shelter or building and out of harm’s way.
Smoking is not permitted in any facility, residence, facility, or anywhere on the property by anyone. Individuals are permitted to smoke in personal vehicles. Read the university’s tobacco-free policy on their website
Please be aware there are often multiple groups enjoying the Bradford Woods property at once, as well as private staff residences. Do not enter facilities you have not reserved and be respectful of other groups.
Use of any high or low elements on the archery range, challenge courses, climbing walls, etc. is not allowed except under the supervision of Bradford Woods staff. Likewise, any use of the lake (boating, swimming, etc.) is prohibited without a Bradford Woods lifeguard. We supervise these activities to ensure safe conduct.
Emergencies and First Aid
Bradford Woods does not provide health services. Each group is responsible for providing its own first aid kit, emergency care and transportation, and nursing services.
If you have an emergency, notify your event coordinator so they alert trained staff members who can assist.
In the event of an emergency, dial 911 to reach EMS services. If dialing from a property telephone, dial 9 + 911.
Each group should have one CPR and First-Aid Certified person present from a nationally-recognized provider, including training in blood-borne pathogens. For your safety and convenience, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are located at the American Camp Association, Baxter Dining Hall, Carr Center, Cross Keys Inn, the Equine Center, Griffith Hall, the Manor House, and the Waterfront Beach House.
We recommend your group maintain a roster of participants that includes their addresses, emergency contact names and numbers, a list of known allergies or health conditions, permission to treat forms, and restrictions or other accommodations.
Medications must be carried and dispensed by an agency representative only. Groups should store and secure all medications appropriately (i.e., locked, refrigerated when necessary, out of reach of children, etc.).
It is the responsibility of rental groups to transport participants to the hospital or urgent care. Groups must ensure that at least one vehicle remains on site that may be used for group transportation if necessary.
Retreat groups are responsible for supervising minors during their stay. All group participants ages 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
You are required to comply with Indiana University’s Policy on Programs Involving Children, which requires background checks be completed on all adults working with children. Please review the link above or ask your event coordinator for details of the policy.
For all retreats involving minors, groups must have at least one adult for every 12 minor participants. Please observe the following supervision ratios for camps based on participant age:
- 5 years and younger: 1:5 staff-to-camper ratio (1:6 for day camps)
- 6-8 years: 1:6 staff-to-camper ratio (1:8 for day camps)
- 9-14 years: 1:8 staff-to-camper ratio (1:10 for day camps)
- 15-18 years: 1:10 staff-to-camper ratio (1:12 for day camps)
Additionally, at least 80 percent of staff should be 18 years of age. All staff should be at least 16 years of age and at least two years older than the minors with whom they are working.
Two staff chaperones or members should always be present any time campers are changing clothes, showering, or sleeping in cabins.
Research and Teaching
We are proud to offer experiential learning and research opportunities for the students and faculty of Indiana University and other institutions. Through this work, we’re able to provide exceptional experiential programming to our clients.
- Watts, P., and Rowser, M. (in review). Impact of Standardized Handoffs at Residential Camps for Children & Adolescents with Chronic Illness. American Camp Nursing Compass Point Journal.
- Using the Family Battle Buddies Program to Enhance Family Reintegration following Parental Deployment: Results from a Pilot Study (PDF). Presented at Military Programs Conference, September 2014.
- National Disability Specific Camp Research Project (PDF). Preliminary results. Presented American Camp Association Conference, 2014.
- Examining the Social Functioning of Youth With Disabilities: Implications for a Community Based Support Program
- Pediatric Chronic Pain: Examining a Therapeutic Camp Pilot Program
- Devine, M.A., Piatt, J., & Dawson, S. (2015). The Role of a Disability-Specific Camp in Promoting Social Acceptance and Quality of Life for Youth With Hearing Impairments. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, XLIX, No. 4, 293-309. Find this article at the Therapeutic Recreation Journal website.
- Knapp, D, Devine, M.A., Dawson, S., & Piatt, J. (2015) Examining Perceptions of Social Acceptance and Quality of Life of Pediatric Campers with Physical Disabilities, Children’s Health Care, 44:1, 1-16, DOI:10.1080/02739615.2013.870041
- Dawson, S. & Knapp, D. (2014). Bringing “Camp War Buddies” to the Home Front. National Research Forum Book of Abstracts. American Camp Association, Orlando, FL.
- Devine. M.A.. & Dawson, S. (2014). Disability Specific Camp Experience: Results of a National Study. National Research Forum Book of Abstracts. American Camp Association, Orlando, FL.
- Townsend, J., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2013). Family Recreation and Autism. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 12(1), 16-22. Understanding the intentions of families with a child with autism to participate in a family recreation program: A pilot study.
- Townsend, J., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2012). Autism Spectrum Disorder and Recreation Therapy. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 11(4), 27-37. Development and evaluation of a family recreation intervention for families with an adolescent with an autism spectrum disorder.
- Dawson, S., Knapp, D., & Farmer, J. (2012). Camp War Buddies: Exploring Therapeutic Benefits of Social Comparison in a Pediatric Oncology Camp. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 46(4), 313-325. Campers who attended a pediatric oncology camp demonstrated significant improvements in self-esteem. Discussion and implications focus on social comparison theory.
- Bishop, C.F, Corning, S.E., Toshino, A., & Shellman, A. (2009). Emerging Attitudes: A Preliminary Analysis of Environmental Education Programs at Bradford Woods Outdoor Center (PDF). Camping Magazine, 82(6), 62-63. This study examined survey responses from fifth-graders before and after attending an Environmental Education program at Bradford Woods. There were significant increases in mean scores of responses to several statements, including “I am excited about school” and “I am interested in learning more about nature.”
- Devine, M.A., & Dawson, S. (2010). The Effect of a Residential Camp Experience on Self Esteem and Social Acceptance of Youth with Craniofacial Differences. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 44(2), 105-120. Campers who attended a residential camping experience for youth with craniofacial differences demonstrated significant gains in self-esteem and social acceptance after camp, though the gains dissipated several weeks later. Discussion focuses on the need for a multi-dimensional approach in addressing self-esteem among youth with stigmatizing disabilities.
- Dawson, S., & Liddicoat, K. (2009). “Camp Gives Me Hope”: Exploring the Therapeutic Use of Community for Adults with Cerebral Palsy. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 43(4), 9-24. This was an empirical study focused on the lived experiences and memories of adults who attended a camp that serves people with disabilities. The most common theme that emerged from camper interviews was about a feeling of community. Discussion focuses on the idea of community as a therapeutic modality.