Training - General

1. Appropriate Behavior for Counselors (activity)

2. Continuum Statements for Camp Staff Discernment (activity)

3. Questions for Discerning Appropriate Behavior (guidelines)

Training - Mennonite Camping Association

Handout - "Basic Guidelines for Safe Relationships with Campers" 2018

SafeZone: Promoting Healthy Boundaries in Christian Camps by Carol Penner

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


American Camp Association

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kanakuk Child Safety System

Ministry Safe

Recommended Reading

Child Abuse Prevention ResourcesAmerican Camp Association, 2015.

Criminal Background Checks: Background Information and Guidance for Camps. American Camp Association, 2011.

For Camp Counselors: Guidelines About Child Sexual Abuse and ExploitationNational Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 1986.

Humans, J. (2011). Preventing Sexual Abuse at Summer Camp: Five Tips for Parents. MomsTEAM.

Rollins, C. (1998). Train Away RiskCamping Magazine, 5, 2730.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2007). Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and ProceduresCenters for Disease Control and Prevention.

*The links provided are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Dove's Nest.

Special thanks to Marlene Bogard, Minister of Christian Formation, Western District Conference, Mennonite Church USA