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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Camp Safety

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Minnesota State Mankato is a great place to attend summer camp.  While you are enjoying the activities of your camp, we want to make sure that you are as safe as possible.  There are a few things that you can do to assist in making your visit a positive one. 

Guidelines for Youth Camps


  • Youth camps primarily comprised of youth under the age of 13 are required to have at least one adult counselor housed on a floor for every 8 participants or portion thereof.  Youth camps primarily comprised of youth between the ages of 13 and 18 are required to have at least one adult counselor housed on a floor for every 16 participants or portion thereof.


  • Youth camps are required to have at least one adult counselor accompanying participants at all times, with at least one nighttime adult counselor on-site and available in the housing facility from 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 A.M. Nighttime adult counselors are required to periodically tour the housing facility to monitor the behavior of the campers. 


  • Youth camps are required to share the names of nighttime adult counselors, their nightly assignments, and methods of contacting them, with conference housing prior to the start of a camp. 

Assigned Intervention

  • If at any time youth participants are without adult supervision, Minnesota State Mankato housing will attempt to contact the group organizer to provide supervision.  If conference housing is unable to contact the group organizer, then conference housing will immediately provide whatever intervention is necessary. 

 Campus Security

  • The Security Department serves as the University's primary unit for supporting the personal safety of students, employees and visitors.  The department is responsible for building/grounds security, dispatch/radio communications, parking enforcement, safe walks and emergency medical services.  Uniformed patrol personnel are unarmed and engage primarily in foot and vehicle patrols of campus 24 hours-a-day. 
  • Minnesota State Mankato encourages all campus visitors and University community member to be fully aware of safety issues and take action to prevent and report illegal and inappropriate activities. 
  • To request Security's service or to report suspicious activity call (507)389-2111. 

 General Guidelines

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  • Stay with your camp group. 
  • Let your counselor know if you ever need to leave your group. 
  • Go only where you tell your counselor you are going and return immediately to your group. 
  • Whenever possible, walk in groups and/or with your counselor. 
  • Never go out alone.
  • Do not prop open exterior doors.  These doors are locked for your protection. 
  • Do not open exterior doors for strangers. 
  • Do not communicate your room number to a stranger, invite a stranger to your room, or allow a stranger to access your room. 
  • Refrain from leaving your room key lying around in public places.
  • Refrain from loaning your room key to anyone, even a friend.  The could be misplaced, giving the wrong person access. 
  • Keep your room door locked- even if you are inside it, only going out for a short time, or just down the hall. 

Fire Safety

Before a Fire Happens

  • Locate two fire exits close to your room. 
  • Make a fire escape plan and practice it.  Count the number of doors between your room and each fire exit. 

In case of Fire

  • Stay low and crawl to your door. 
  • Test the door with the back of your hand. 
  • If the door is hot, keep the door closed and stay in your room. 
  • If the door is cool open it slowly.  Walk quickly and calmly to the ground level, closing all doors behind you.  NEVER use the elevators even if they appear to be working.  The elevators may open on a floor with a fire or stop working trapping you inside. 
  • Once outdoors, stay 100 feet from the building.
  • If there is smoke in the hallway, crawl to the stairs.  If the smoke and heat are too great, try an alternate escape route.  If both escape routes are blocked, return to your room. 

If You are Trapped Inside Your Room

  • Call 911 / (507)389-2111 and give your name and location. 
  • Stop open cracks and vents to keep smoke out. 
  • Put a wet cloth over your nose and wait at a window. 
  • Open the window a few inches for fresh air.  DO NOT break the glass.  Hang a sheet or some other article out of window to signal the fire department. 
  • DO NOT panic.  Wait for help. 

Weather Safety

Severe Weather Shelter Areas

  • The shelter areas for campus buildings are on the lowest level interior rooms with no windows.  Directional signs are posted in each building. 

Before Severe Weather Happen

  • Locate the nearest severe weather shelter area in your building. 

In Case of Severe Weather

  • Civil defense sirens will sound.  Leave your room and lock your door.  Do not go outside. 
  • Proceed to the nearest severe weather shelter area.  Do not use the elevator.  Elevators may stop working, trapping you inside. 
  • Remain in the shelter area until the expiration time of the warning is past. 

 Minnesota State Mankato Housing Policies

The following are strictly prohibited:

  • Use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages. 
  • Use and/or possession of firearms and other weapons. 
  • Use and/or possession of illegal drugs substances. 
  • Use and/or possession of fireworks, explosives, and flammable materials. 
  • Use of open flames or outdoor grills. 
  • Use of tobacco products (within buildings).
  • Pets (except with permission). 

 Disruptive Behavior

  • Conduct such as rudeness, rowdiness, destructive behavior, excessive noise or other loud or annoying actions are not acceptable. 


  • Non-registered guests are prohibited from staying in housing overnight.  Campers are not permitted to enter areas of any group other than their own.

Use of Residence Hall Facilities

  • Use of public space is on a non-exclusive basis.  Furnishings should not be moved from its original location. 

Hard copies of the Camp Safety brochures are available at the Security Office (Wiecking Center 222).