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Conduct at Camp

At Banner, our goal is to create a camp community that is safe and inclusive to each and every one of our campers.

We intentionally create experiences that allow our campers to develop important social emotional skills. We recognize that campers will, at times, need redirection and guidance. We always strive to partner with campers and families to make sure that their children are successful at camp. We communicate any challenges that arise and work together to find a solution that is best for the camper and our camp community. It is always our hope that campers can remain at Banner in a way that is safe for them, the other campers and our staff.

Banner Day Camp expects campers to:

  • Stay with the group.
    • Campers participating in choice, elective and Tween club programs must:
      • Be at scheduled/chosen activities.
      • Meet up on time at the appropriate location.
  • Show kindness and respect to other campers and staff.
  • Use appropriate language.
  • Support and follow the rules and guidelines at all activities and throughout camp.
    • Follow counselor & Leadership directions.
  • Keep hands to yourself.
    • Never physically harm yourself or others.
  • Respect the belongings of others.
  • Take care of the environment.
    • Throw trash away in the appropriate receptacles.
    • Take care of the equipment – including putting it away appropriately.
    • Respect plants – not climbing on trees, pulling at the branches, picking flowers or plants.

The following behaviors are not allowed at Banner:

  • Running from the group.
  • Yelling at other campers – being verbally aggressive in tone and/or words.
  • Hitting, kicking, biting, or any other inappropriate physical behavior.
  • Threatening any physical behavior.
  • Using language that is inflammatory and/or inappropriate.
    • Using language that is derogatory to others, prejudiced, sexual or racial in nature.
    • Making jokes that are sexual, racial, or inappropriate in any other way.
    • Using language that is unkind.
  • Signs, words or actions that make other campers or staff feel unsafe, uncomfortable or threatened.
  • Taking the belongings of others.
  • Teasing, mocking and making fun of others.
  • Not listening to the staff directions.

Should a camper display behaviors that are challenging at camp, we will take the following steps with the goal of helping the camper be successful at Banner.

  • Leadership and staff have conversation with camper.
  • Leadership call home to make parent aware of behaviors at camp.
  • Continued/consistent behavior challenges – Include Tylee, our Inclusion Specialist, to make an appropriate behavior plan – communicate plan with families.
  • Required break at camp – time away from group, opportunity to learn coping skills and get grounded.
  • Required time off of camp – half day, full day, no bus – dependent on behavior.
    • For most behaviors, campers are asked to take a day off of camp after three occurrences.
    • Some more significant behaviors might be required after the first offense.
  • Removal from camp.

There are certain aggressive and egregious behaviors that cannot be tolerated at Banner. These behaviors may require an immediate removal from our camp community.

Example Time Line:

Occurrence 1 –

  • Leadership and staff conversation with camper.
  • Leadership call home to make parent aware of behaviors at camp.

Occurrence 2 –

  • Continued/consistent behavior challenges – Include Tylee, our Inclusion Specialist, to make an appropriate behavior plan – communicate plan with families.
  • Required break at camp – time away from group, opportunity to learn coping skills and get grounded.

Occurrence 3 –

  • Required time off of camp – half day, full day, no bus – dependent on behavior.
    • 3 occurrences for most behaviors.
    • Some more significant behaviors might be required after the first offense.

CONTINUED BEHAVIOR –

  • Possible removal from camp.