Camps

Training Materials: 
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

Activites and Guidelines for Counselors: updated for 2020
Appropriate Behavior for Counselors 
Continuum Statements for Camp Staff Discernment 
Questions for Discerning Appropriate Behavior 

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

Organizations
American Camp Association
Christian Camp and Conference Association
Kanakuk Child Safety System
Ministry Safe: Camps
Stop if Now! Camp Safety Tip Sheet

Recommended Reading
Child Abuse Prevention ResourcesAmerican 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.
https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/childsexualabuse.html

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/