Camper Code of Conduct
We expect our campers to follow clear instructions regarding their behavior from their counselors and staff. Refusal to follow directions, specifically related to safety, is not acceptable and will result in disciplinary action. If the behavior continues without positive change then it could lead to dismissal from Camp. Each camper is expected to treat all other campers with respect and help each other achieve the best possible Camp experience. Staff are trained to stay observant, actively manage disruptive behavior, and use a strength-based approach to support the Camper’s growth. If a camper has difficulty meeting shared expectations or displays behavior that is damaging to the Camp community, it will be handled in a timely manner and will involve contacting their family at home. Examples of behavior that damages the Camp community, includes but is not limited to behavior that is
- Likely to, or does, result in harm —physical, mental, or emotional — to themselves or others;
- Likely to, or does, result in damage to one another’s personal belongings and/or surrounding space;
- Involves any physically escalated interaction with campers and/or staff;
- A Camper is not open to feedback or willing to work towards improvement
- Involves acts of bullying, teasing, emotional taunting of others, or hate speech
Camp leadership takes allegations of bullying seriously and trains our staff to prevent bullying from occurring. Camp leadership also trains staff to promote communication with staff and their campers so that both will be comfortable in alerting us to any problems during their experience. We ask that you encourage your camper to be a positive influence on other campers and advocate for your camper to talk with a staff member if there are ever any issues. Campers can contribute to their own safety if they know what is acceptable and what to expect from staff, volunteers, and other campers to be empowered to let employees know.
Staff Code of Conduct
Camp Manito-wish YMCA believes that a secure and positive environment provides the best experience for growth for all of our campers. This begins with selection and training of staff. We expect staff to model the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. We expect them to abide by Camp policies which includes no use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs and committed to providing a safe, fun and enriching Manito-wish experience. Every staff member is aware of these expectations upon hire.