All Camp Weredale staff are expected to act in a manner which demonstrates true caring for and a high level of commitment to the well-being of all campers.
We aspire to achieve and maintain camp programs for children, youth and their families consistent with the following standards of conduct:
- we will respect the uniqueness of each individual race, culture, sexual identity and religion and recognize their rights to be treated with dignity and respect;
- we will demonstrate exemplary behavior physically, emotionally and ethically as we are role models for youth and families;
- we will respect the confidentiality of the information we acquire in the course of our involvement with youth, families and colleagues and will divulge information consistent with our duties in accordance with existing laws and camp policies;
- we realize that both written and verbal communications are essential to carry out our duties and will ensure that the content and style of all communications are honest, clear, direct and complete;
- we will maintain professional boundaries and objectivity to ensure that our value biases, vulnerabilities and judgments do not interfere with our relationships with campers and their families;
- we will exercise care and vigilance to ensure that these standards of conduct are maintained with all current and former campers.
It is unacceptable for anyone working for or within Camp Weredale to engage in any behavior which is detrimental, or harmful to health, well-being, growth or development of any camper.
By reviewing some of the ways to which care and protection of youth and their families are jeopardized, the following behaviors have been identified as clearly unacceptable with respect to physical contact:
- to intervene physically in an aggressive and/or humiliating manner;
- to intervene physically when a youth, staff or the environment are not at risk;
- to intervene physically in a case of passively resistant youth if such behavior is not adversely affecting programming;
- to “rough-house” with a youth;
- to have contact with a person’s intimate body parts except in a medical emergency;
- to engage in any sexual behavior or behavior which is likely to be interpreted as such and compromising situations;
- to participate with a youth in activities which could be misinterpreted by others;
- to stare at a youth who is dressed provocatively, is wearing under garments or no clothes.
DEPRIVATION OF ESSENTIAL NEEDS
- to deprive a youth of essential needs as a corrective measure;
- to ignore the physical pain expressed by a youth depriving that youth from medical care;
- to make disproportionate demands on a youth and not acknowledge his/her physical emotional and social development.
PROVOCATION OF BEHAVIOR
- to make obscene remarks or tell sexual or violent overtone stories;
- to allow or encourage a youth to harm a person with physical actions or abusive comments;
- to provoke a camper’s loss of control;
- to introduce or expose a camper to pornography;
- to accept or incite a camper to racist, sexist or violent attitudes or actions;
- to encourage a child to behave in a provocative fashion towards others.
BEHAVIOR OF OMISSION – COMPLICITY
- to engage a camper in dangerous, illegal or inappropriate activities such as the use of drugs, alcohol, weapons, stealing or prostitution;
- to give camper favors or items to either fulfill one’s own needs or to favor one youth over another;
- to engage in personal financial transactions with campers;
- to allow or incite a camper to disrespect the laws of society or camp policies;
- to incite or encourage a camper to behave in a way that would damage one’s physical
- integrity, such as self-mutilation;
- to let a group of campers develop an abusive disciplinary control amongst themselves;
- to let a camper wear inappropriate clothing that would either endanger his life (no coat in winter), or which conveys racist, sexist or any negative related messages;
- to permit a youth to continue in a situation which is detrimental to the youth’s safety, security and development.
BEHAVIOR OF OMISSION – NEGLIGENCE
- to withhold knowledge of unacceptable youth behavior;
- to not respond immediately to a serious situation such as a suicidal threat or a serious injury to a camper;
- to give free or unsupervised access to any drug or dangerous products or places;
- to not take into consideration the difficulty for a youth to bein close proximity to an adult when that youth has clearly expressed the stress provoked by that proximity;
- to fail to communicate to the appropriate person any information regarding the camper or family.
ABUSE OF POWER
- to threaten a camper with deprivation of essential needs in order to obtain information;
- to violate a camper’s privacy unless it is an emergency;
- to buy peace or silence with compensation, threats or emotional blackmail;
- to apply disproportionate or unrelated consequences to a misbehavior;
- to support, encourage or utilize punishment in working with a camper.