ARCC & Covid-19
ARCC was one of very few organizations to run multiple programs in the summer and fall of 2020. ARCC carried this momentum and experience into spring, summer, and fall 2021 with successful and meaningful domestic and international programs. Since the pandemic began, ARCC has sent out nearly 1000 students and participants. The experiences gained operating programs in a COVID-19 environment have been invaluable and we are proud that all programs have been safe and meaningful for our participants and their families. Please see ARCC’s APPROACH TO CORONAVIRUS/FAQs for additional details.
ARCC’s Safety Record
Our safety record is impeccable and is simply unmatched. In 38 years of operation, no ARCC student has ever suffered an injury requiring an extended hospital stay. Considering that we have had many tens of thousands of students participate in our programs, we are extremely proud that our commitment to safety has produced such enviable results.
Some very important reasons for this extraordinary safety record are:
Our programs are extremely well planned — leaving little to chance.
Almost every minute of every day of our programs is planned in advance. Activities, meals, service projects, transportation, etc. are organized by our experienced office staff up to a year in advance of the departure date of any program. This way, we are able to arm our trip leaders with an extremely well planned and detailed itinerary, which allows them to better focus on the well being of their students, which in turn leads to safer programs.
Advanced Medical Training
All ARCC Trip Leaders have at least 80-hours of first aid training (WFR)..
Prior to leading programs for ARCC, all leaders are required to go through an 80 hour/10 day intensive first aid course (WFR) as well as an additional 10 days of staff training and trip preparation. While these first aid skills are rarely used for more than scrapes, bruises, and blisters, we’ve found that this level of medical training ensures that our leaders are extremely proactive in any environments that have safety implications. By being proactive, we can generally avoid most potentially dangerous situations. Our impeccable safety record suggests that our leaders have been successful in these efforts.
We hire smart, experienced, and mature Trip Leaders to operate our programs.
A typical trip leader is 24 years old and has considerable trip leading experience and experience working with teenagers. We hire leaders who make intelligent decisions on behalf of our students and our organization. This maturity and experience is critical to operating a safe and successful program.
ARCC believes strongly in being proactive about the safety of our students which is why we have a philosophy of “Safety First” in whatever we do. Whether designing our trip itineraries, hiring our staff, choosing our locations, selecting outfitters, or developing protocols, our first consideration is always for the safety of our students and our unblemished safety record suggests we are doing things right.