Camp Directors

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Camp Directors are responsible for the safety of all campers in their care and the behavior of every staff member they entrust with their campers.  As such, it is incumbent upon directors to take strong measures to reduce the risk of harm to campers. If a camp does not take measures to reduce the risk of harm, they may be legally accountable.

The responsibility of a Camp Director is to hire trustworthy staff, provide professional training, impose and supervise safety guidelines, and identify and respond to abuse or suspected abuse or molestation in a professional manner in accordance with the law.  This guide will provide you with information to help you navigate the recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision of staff in order to keep your camp safe from abuse and molestation.    Please keep in mind that these guidelines are intended to provide a general framework for each camp’s consideration.  We strongly encourage each camp’s administration to review and discuss the proposed guidelines with their attorney to ensure that the Final, adopted version is consistent with applicable state law.

The guide includes:

  • Staff screening guidelines
  • Abuse-prevention protocol
  • Intervention protocol
  • Abuse Prevention Training for Counselors
  • Discussion guide for counselors
  • Safety guidelines for parents

If you suspect a child is being abused, call the ChildHelp National Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453. They can help you determine how to proceed.