Darkness to Light: Reopening—Summer Camp Safety
Handout 2018 "Basic Guidelines for Safe Relationships with Campers"
Handout 2020 "Healthy Boundaries at Camp"
SafeZone: Promoting Healthy Boundaries in Christian Camps by Carol Penner 2019
Handout 2021 "Healthy Boundaries & Camper Safety / LGBTQ Safety & Advocacy"
Sample Training Affadavits
Sample Staff Conduct Affadavit
Sample Policy Documents
1. Camp Friedenswald (Michigan) - Child Protection Law Plan
2. Camp Friedenswald (Michigan) - Guidelines for Appropriate Contact
3. Camp Mennoscah (Kansas) - Abuse Prevention Covenant
4. Camp Sample Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy from Parenting Safe Children
Child Abuse Prevention Resources. American Camp Association, 2015.
Criminal Background Checks: Background Information and Guidance for Camps. American Camp Association, 2011.
Humans, J. (2011). Preventing Sexual Abuse at Summer Camp: Five Tips for Parents. MomsTEAM.
*The links provided are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Dove's Nest.
What Campers Are Bringing With Them To Camp
Abuse or Neglect: At least 1 in 7 children have experienced abuse and/or neglect in the past year, and this is likely an underestimate. About 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 13 boys experience sexual abuse at some point in childhood.
Child-on-Child Perpetration: As many as 40 percent of children who are sexually abused are abused by older or more powerful children. Finkelhor, D. (2012). Characteristics of crimes against juveniles. Durham, NH: Crimes against Children Research Center.
Pornography: The average age a child is first exposed to pornography is 11. Often it is accidental or with a friend. https://www.internetmatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/WeNeedToTalkAboutPornography-LowRes.pdf
Vulnerability: More children and youth are at risk for mental health disorders, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, or have parents with issues that adversely impact them. https://health.usnews.com/wellness/for-parents/articles/2019-04-22/teen-depression-is-on-the-rise
Daily Life: Teens today are spending more time on devices, less time sleeping, and less time with friends. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/