Camp is one of the most fun and meaningful experiences for children, and can have a positive impact that can last a lifetime. However, the relaxed camp environment and lack of supervision and clear safety guidelines in camp have been sadly known to result in crossed boundaries, inappropriate affection, and molestation.
Counselors are in the critical position of being role models for their campers, and ensuring that they are physically and emotionally safe throughout the summer. This short program will train counselors on healthy and unhealthy affection, boundaries, signs for identifying inappropriate relationships, and the proper response to situations of abuse or suspected abuse. By learning and implementing this information, counselors will be able to help give campers the positive healthy experience they came for.
Child abuse and molestation are ugly facts of life that we must contend with – we can no longer afford to ignore this threat. We must become proactive and prevent to the best of our abilities additional occurrences of abuse and molestation. To this end, our torah leadrers are in the process of taking some bold steps.
One area that requires immediate attention is our children’s summer camp experience. Unfortunately, abuse and molestation sometimes occurs at summer camp. In this relaxed environment, when children are far away from their parents’ supervision, it is crucial to do everything in our power to prevent abuse and molestation, and ensure our children’s safety.
I urge camp directors to adopt this program which I am personally supervising, and require camp counselors to watch the videos and take the quizzes. This year, due to the short timeframe in which the program was developed, it will be necessary to watch the videos and take the quizzes over the internet. If your counselors do not have access to filtered internet, we will make arrangements for appropriate internet sites to be made available.
This is the minimum hishtadlus we can do for the sake of our children’s safety. B”H we will be blessed with a safe and happy summer.
The ASAP Counselor Training program is a practical and highly effective resource for training camp counselors in the basics of abuse prevention and response. The beautifully produced videos effectively convey the key points that counselors must be aware of in understanding the potential negative impacts of abusive behavior as well as clear standards of appropriate behavior in interacting with their campers. I particularly commend the training program authors for including the quiz at the end of the program that serves the dual purpose of reinforcing the learning and insuring that the counselor absorbed the important material in a manner that, in turn, can help camp administrators hold counselors accountable for any violations of the standards recommended by the program. The ASAP counselor training program reflects the highest standards of abuse education and prevention. I strongly recommend it.
David Pelcovitz, Ph.D.
ASAP’s Summer Safety Counselor Training is a much needed, user-friendly, educational tool for camps. Without jargon or unnecessary euphemisms, and with clear but non-threatening short animated videos it provides important basic safety instruction for camp counselors on personal boundaries and touch, bullying, and the important role and responsibility of a counselor and mentor. The on-line test at the conclusion is a sound way to measure competence and mastery of the material. This program is an excellent tool for camp directors, as part of an overall staff training, safety and supervision program.
I strongly endorse the ASAP Counselor Training Program and encourage Camp Directors to take advantage of this excellent resource. The videos are clinically sound, user friendly, and give camp counselors practical advise about setting boundaries, preventing abuse, looking for warning signs of previous abuse, empathetic listening and other critical skills that counselors need to keep their campers safe.
I commend ASAP on providing the program free of charge and for posting it on their website. This promotes transparency; meaning that all members of the camp “family” — including the parents of the campers — can all know exactly what boundaries and protocols were taught. These videos also provide parents with the tools to have informed safety talks with their kids before sending them off to camp, giving them messages that will be reinforced by the camp administration.
This groundbreaking counselor training program, developed by ASAP, is the first line of defense in protecting our children while they are away from home, educating staff members to recognize the warning signs of abuse and other unhealthy relationships. It is safe to say that by providing counselors with the tools they need to recognize inappropriate behaviors and teaching them how to respond to these sensitive situations, we will be protecting hundreds of children this summer and every summer from terrible dangers that can have devastating consequences.
Thank you to ASAP and its partners for stepping up and creating a program that will help ensure that our children will continue growing this summer in a healthy, productive environment that will help them realize their true potential.
I urge all camp directors, of both sleep away and stay at home camps, to incorporate these materials into their counselor training programs to ensure camper safety. I strongly recommend that parents ask their children’s camps to participate in this program that can literally save lives.
Child molestation and abuse have reached epidemic proportions and it is imperative that camp staff be trained to prevent and recognize situations of abuse. This counselor training opens up the topic with staff members and provides them with the opportunity to discuss and learn how to react to situations that could certainly arise in the camp atmosphere. This program is an excellent tool to prevent abuse and molestation.
I congradulate the ASAP organization for this most important life saving work, Sadly, vast numbers of children are hurt through abusive relationships with care givers or even other children that have a source of power over them.The harmful consequences of such abuse is mostly carried into adulthood and in most cases causes emotional,physical and spiritual suffering and harm throughout life.
As in physical illness, the best cure is prevention- protecting our children from molestation and abuse. Such protection is achieved and can be achieved through the knowledge and education of healthy boundaries and relationships.
I believe this tool that teaches boundaries and touches upon the do’s and don’ts of helping a child that has disclosed abuse can make a world of difference and prevent many tzarot and even determine a much better outcome in cases where children had been hurt already.
Kol hakavod for this long due work in saving our community.
This course comprises two components:
This multiple choice test comprises 49 questions based directly on information presented in the videos. The real camp scenarios presented are geared to help you integrate the information learned in a real way. You have 30 minutes to complete the test. Upon completion, your results and certificate will be emailed to you directly.