One of the unique and wonderful things about Camp Akeela is the type of campers and families that choose Akeela as their summer home. We pride ourselves on being a warm, open and accepting camp community. We love the fact that our campers are so welcoming to new campers, whether they be 9 or 17 years old. Our goal is maintain this culture as our camp family evolves from year to year.
Of course, whenever people live together in a tight-knit community, some interpersonal issues will arise. We train our staff to recognize and effectively deal with any inappropriate behaviors, in order to maintain an emotionally safe environment where every camper can experience camp life to the fullest. We quickly and directly address any incidents of meanness, excluding or bullying so that our campers and their families know this type of behavior is unacceptable at Akeela.
As you know, most – if not all – of our campers have been on the receiving end of bullying behaviors at school or other youth programs. At Akeela, things are different; campers and staff feel truly accepted and embraced by their peers. We feel strongly that every camper must be protected from behaviors that disrupt their ability to have a successful summer in a safe environment.
Any behavior deemed by the camp directors to be inappropriate and/or unmanageable may result in any or all of the following:
- Meeting directly with the counselor, head counselor and/or camp directors to discuss behavior
- Missing out on programs or events at camp
- A telephone call home to the parent/guardian to discuss behavior
- Dismissal from the camp program
We are asking all campers and parents to sign the following Camper Code of Conduct. It is one of the forms you’ll find in our online forms dashboard.
As an Akeela Camper I will:
- Show respect to other Campers, and treat them as well as I would like to be treated.
- Respect the rights and beliefs of others, and treat others with courtesy and consideration.
- Communicate in an appropriate manner, which means I must not use foul language or gestures, harsh words or harsh tone of voice.
- Communicate directly with another camper if a problem arises, rather than talking to others and spreading rumors.
- Conduct myself responsibly. I understand that unwelcome teasing or other unkind behaviors are not allowed.
- Refrain from deliberately causing bodily harm to others. I understand that pushing, kicking, hitting or fighting are not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
- Respect the property of others; which includes not stealing, damaging property, making graffiti or vandalism.
- Be fully responsible for my actions and understand that irresponsible behavior will result in disciplinary action or dismissal from camp.
- Know and follow the rules of camp.
- Let an adult know if someone is teasing or bullying me. (Reporting is confidential.)
- Let an adult know if I witness someone else being bullied. (Reporting is confidential.)
Family Handbook Table of Contents
- About Akeela & About CampGroup
- Camper Travel and Visiting Day
- Packing List & Baggage Shipping Information
- Purchasing Camp Clothing, Prohibited Items & Laundry
- Communication: Mail, Phone Calls & Parent Communication
- Health Care: Medications, Health Communication, Medical Charges, Other Health Concerns
- Food, Health and Wellness
- Electronics Policy
- Homesickness Prevention
- Success at Akeela
- Camper Code of Conduct
- Additional Activities and Trips
- “Open House” Orientation Day
- Driving Directions
Important Note for 2021
One of the reasons we have made this Handbook available on our website, rather than sending it by snail mail, is that we anticipate making changes well into the spring, as we learn more about how COVID-19 will affect our plans for this summer. To be clear, camp is definitely opening and we’re ready to keep our campers healthy and safe in any scenario. However, current conditions, as well as guidance from health professionals and the State of Vermont, might affect some of our programs, schedules, policies, etc.