Health & Safety

The safety and well-being of our GSP participants is always our number one priority. During GSP orientation, all participants will be briefed on our basic health and security protocols. 

Health

ALA has 24/7 on-campus health staff, including a nurse during regular working hours. Staff manage basic health concerns and can administer certain Over The Counter (OTC) medicines. Additionally, there are many facilitators during each camp session who are First Aid trained and certified.

All other situations are referred to the closest hospital or urgent care facility. In most cases, this is Life Wilgeheuwel Hospital located only seven minutes from the ALA campus. Emergency transport is handled by a contracted emergency medical service. A counselor is also on call to assist if needed.

During GSP, on-campus meals include vegetarian, vegan, and Halal options. We work with individuals around specific allergies or other dietary restrictions. Please note that our facility is not nut-free or fully kosher. When eating off-campus, we do our best to accommodate individual needs. Specific information is provided in enrollment and medical forms.

If you are bringing prescription medication with you, please pack it in a transparent zip lock bag with your name on it. Keep medications in their original containers with the original label that has the participant's name clearly listed on it. You are required to notify ALA of any prescription medication that you plan on bringing with you via the forms provided upon your acceptance into the program.

If you have further concerns about medication, we encourage you to ask your doctor for additional prescriptions for the medication that you're bringing. These should include the generic name of the medication. Local pharmacies may not carry the exact brand name that you are requesting. However, pharmacies will likely have the generic equivalent or a brand name equivalent available. 

Safety

The ALA campus has a very strict access policy and is guarded by a professional 24-hour security service. Our head of security, who lives on campus, and his team have extensive experience in emergency response and have worked in school environments for many years. 

Campus access control is enforced by the 24/7 security service, as well as perimeter security fencing. Any guests wishing to visit campus must register with security before being allowed onto campus. Additionally, our dormitories are protected by a bio-metric access system, which limits hall entry to residents of those rooms and certain staff/faculty.

We have a strictly non-smoking campus, and no open flames of any kind are allowed in the dormitories. Each hall has an emergency fire door that is permanently armed. There are surveillance cameras, fire extinguishers, and emergency switches on every residence hall as well as all other key spaces across campus.

We utilize a robust “cashless card” system for our campus, ensuring that our summer camp visitors do not have to carry or worry about their cash. Upon arrival to campus, participants deposit cash into our cashless system and receive a debit-type card that they can use to make snack and apparel purchases on-campus.

All remaining cash, passports and other valuables are placed in a locked safe by Security. Students will have opportunities to collect their desired amount of cash before off-campus excursions where shopping is available. Members of our security team travel with the group for off-campus trips,  and our educators are trained in approaches to risk management.