Health and Safety

Participants’ health and safety are of paramount importance to us. Safety first!

Participants live in a double occupancy dorm, segregated by sex, with four Teaching Assistants and Residential Mentors nearby. Access to the dorm building or hallway and to each room is restricted by key card to authorized people only.

In over five decades of SSP, most health and safety concerns have revolved around minor illnesses, sunburn, dehydration, sports injuries, etc. The faculty will provide first aid, and access to a registered nurse when needed, at no charge.

Over the 39 days of SSP you might need to see a doctor. The Site Director will try to obtain permission from your parent before seeking medical services, although in an emergency that may not be possible.

SSP does not provide any form of health insurance; your parent will be responsible for the full cost of any medications or health care services beyond first aid. For that reason, we strongly recommend you obtain health insurance before arriving. 

SSP can be mentally and physically stressful. If you are admitted and decide to enroll, then your parent must disclose any existing health issues or concerns. We will try to accommodate them if we can. During the program, you must discuss any new health issues with the Site Director, to ensure you receive appropriate treatment. This includes mental health issues such as depression or an eating disorder.