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Behavior Policy


Staff Ratios
Camper to staff ratio is between 1:8 and 1:12 depending on age and activities. Camp also has volunteer Junior Counselors ages 15-17 that assist adult staff.

Behavior Management Philosophy
The goal of Schooner Camp is for all campers to have a fun, safe, and educational
experience while they attend our camp. Campers physical and emotional safety is our top
priority through all our programs. Camp Counselors are trained in positive behavior
management strategies, multiple intelligences, and understand that each camper comes with a
different set of emotional, physical, and educational needs. Our staff are trained to help meet the
need of each child, adapt programs, problem solve with campers, their parents, and group
members to help each youth have a great summer experience.

Behavior Management Strategies

Clear Expectations (Stewardship Agreement)
Schooner staff help prevent conflict through ensuring each camper knows and understands the
rules and expectations of the camp. On the first day of camp each group of campers works with
their Counselor to go over and create a Stewardship Agreement together. The Stewardship
Agreement has all of Schooner's zero tolerance policies (see below) on it as well as policies the
campers come up with themselves for how they want to treat each other and work together as a
team. By having the campers create the Stewardship Agreement together, they have ownership
over and understand the rules and expectations on a deeper level. After the agreement is created
each camper signs the Stewardship Agreement and the Counselor carries it with the group at all
times as a reminder of their commitment to each other.

Staff use redirection to diffuse harmful or distracting behavior. For example if a camper is playing
with a stick in the sand during a group activity the instructor might ask them to be a helper or
play a role to facilitate the activity.

Reminder of Expectations (Stewardship Agreement)
A Counselor may remind a camper of the program expectations and might pull out the
Stewardship Agreement and ask the camper if he/she is following all the expectations on their

One-on-Ones and Problem Solving
If a camper is having a really hard time a Counselor will pull them aside to check in with them
and see if there is something going on that they can help with. If a camper is having an issue
with another camper the Counselor can help the camper problem solve and act as a mediator if
need be.

Taking Space
If a camper is upset and needs some time to cool down they can take some space away from the
group or from the group activity. When a camper takes space it is always supervised and
campers have the opportunity to talk out their frustrations or problem solve with staff.

If there is a conflict between campers staff are there to help mediate any conflicts they may have.


Call Home
A camper will receive a call home if they break any of the Zero Tolerance Rules or if they have a
particularly challenging day. This is to help ensure strong communication between camp staff
and parents/guardians.

Day Off of Camp
If a camper's behavior does not improve the following day at camp after the above interventions
and a call home and they break a Zero Tolerance Rule they will earn a day off of camp. After
one day off of camp the camper may return to camp.

Persistent Behavior Challenges
Persistent behavior challenges are any behavior that is repeated after the above intervention
strategies have been used. The Camp Director will contact the parent/guardians and will agree
on a behavior plan and timeline for addressing the behavior at camp. If the behavior continues
after the behavioral intervention plan has been implemented, parents may be asked to withdraw
their child from the program.

Immediate Program Withdrawal
Any behavior that causes a significant danger to the camper or others will result in immediate
withdrawal from the program. Children who are asked to withdrawal from the program are
welcome to enroll in the program in future years if the parent feels they have gained the skills to
manage their behavior and act in a safe way.

Refund Policy
There are no tuition refunds available for days that a parent is asked to keep a child home from

Zero Tolerance Policy
Schooner Camp does not tolerate any of the following behavior.
● Hitting or any physical aggression towards another camper
● Bullying- name calling or humiliation of another camper
● Running away from the group- campers must stay with their group at all times
● Bringing any weapons or harmful items to camp

These result in a call home and if necessary, the child will earn a day off of camp.

Please discuss the Behavior Policy with your camper prior to their arrival at camp.

Thank you!