State law requires every adult attending a state-licensed camp with minor children to successfully complete sexual abuse and child molestation training with a written test approved by the Department of State Health Services. This requirement is in addition to the annual criminal background check and sex offender registration record check your group is required to conduct on any adult who will be accompanying children to camp. (This does not apply to weekend retreat groups.)
In order to help your group meet this requirement, the Texas Baptist Camp Managers Conference, Inc., has written a training curriculum that was approved by the Department of State Health Services on April 18, 2006.
The curriculum provides group with a statewide, uniform course that complies with the mandated requirements.
Every adult attending camp with children must complete a minimum of one clock-hour of training (total) addressing the following topics:
- the definitions and effects of sexual abuse and child molestation
- the typical patterns of behavior and methods of operation of child molesters and sex offenders that put children at risk
- the warning signs and symptoms associated with sexual abuse or child molestation
- the recommended procedures by youth camps to address, prevent, and report suspected sexual abuse or child molestation
- ways adults can avoid putting themselves at risk for an accusation of sexual misconduct
Every individual 18 and over, who attends camp during the summer, must take the Child Abuse Prevention Training Course.
Group leaders are responsible for offering this training before the week of Summer Camp. If desired, PDF versions are available below:
1. Download Training Course and PDF Exam:
2. Watch Child Protection Training Video
3. Fill out Certificate of Completion: