YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY.
Each year the managers at High Cascade have hundreds of applicants to choose from when building their "perfect team". All staff must pass stringent background and drug screenings. When we say “all staff”, we mean everyone; from the cook preparing your child's food, to the counselor. Once hired, all staff members must become CPR and First Aid certified and go through extensive staff training prior to the start of Camp. All staff are drug tested prior to camp starting, and then are subjected to random drug testing throughout the summer. High Cascade is proud to boast over an 80% return rate for staff members.
While we do recognize injuries are inevitable in action sports and camp activites, our camp rules, protocols, and staff exist to enforce safety and mitigate injuries. The percent of injuries which occur at camp is less than that at ski areas across the country. This is largely in part due our coaching group structure. Campers spend their time in small coaching groups which are matched with their respective ability level. All campers fill out a snowboard ability form before arriving to camp. The information provided in the ability form is used to place campers into small coaching groups based on ability. High Cascade coaches are prepared to coach their respective coaching groups' ability level, as well as ensure campers are not attempting tricks and features beyone their ability. As a parent, it is important that you do your best to help your child honestly fill out their abiltiy form to the best of your ability. In addition, campers are not let loose on Mt. Hood without supervision.
High Cascade employs a full-time Registered Nurse who is on-call 24 hours a day. In the event of an injury High Cascade's nurse will assess the situation and determine if outside care may be needed. In addition, we staff full-time EMTs (emergency medical technicians) and utilize Timberline Ski Area's Ski Patrol for on-snow injuries. In the event a camper must be transported to a medical facility, you will be notified as soon as possible.
All campers under the age of 18 are required to wear helmets when snowboarding. All skateboarders, REGARDLESS OF AGE, are required to wear helmets when skateboarding.