Camp Leadership - Youth Protection Begins with You A Guide for Camp Staff

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  • Camp Leadership -YouthProtectionBegins with You

    A Guide for Camp Staff

  • Youth Protection PoliciesViolations of these policies put Scouts at risk and will result in disciplinary action, including expulsion from camp and revocation of membership. All camp staff members are required to understand these policies and report any suspected violations as directed by the camp director.

  • Youth Protection PoliciesTwo-deep leadershipNo one-on-one contactRespect of privacySeparate accommodationsNo secret organizationsAppropriate attire

  • Youth Protection PoliciesConstructive disciplineYouth leader training and supervisionMember responsibilityUnit responsibilitiesProhibition of hazingProhibition of bullying

  • Youth Protection PoliciesPhysical contact between adults and youth should be kept to a minimum. Using common sense, it is acceptable to shake hands, pat a boy on the back, or touch when demonstrating or teaching a skill.

  • Youth Protection PoliciesAll campers are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the Scout Oath and Law

  • Cameras and Imaging DevicesIt is inappropriate to use any device capable of recording or transmitting visual images in shower houses, restrooms, or other areas where privacy is expected by participants.

  • Social MediaCamp staff members are representatives of the BSA and must be especially careful how they use social media. Under NO circumstance should you discuss or transmit personal or inappropriate information with a camper, leader, or another staff member.Not only can these forms of communication be misinterpreted, they can also be widely dispersed. It is even possible that such postings will resurface many years later.

  • Camp Staff ConductStaff members are role models on or off duty.

  • Sexual HarassmentA member of the camp staff uses verbal or nonverbal communication to create a hostile environment by focusing on the sexuality of another person or the person's gender.The attention is unwanted or unwelcomeSevere or pervasive enough to affect a person's work environment

  • Dealing with Sexual HarassmentConfront the wrongdoer that the behavior is not wanted and to stopReport specific objectionable behavior to the supervisor

  • Specific InstructionsReporting suspected or alleged abuseGuidelines for personal behavior, including use of technologyPolicies for fraternization and relationships with campersSocial relationships among staff on- or off-dutyPolicies on bullying and sexual harassmentPolicies on disciplineSocial media policy

  • Reporting Suspected Child AbuseReported immediately to the camp directorDo not confront suspected abuserDo not discuss with other staff members except with camp director

  • Camp Staff Steps in BullyingBe on the lookoutStop the actions, protect the targetIdentify the behavior in a calm toneSpeak with the targetEncourage the target to tell parent and leadersTell camp director

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