From our 2018 Y Summer Camp Parent Handbook:
Bullying is when one or more people exclude, tease, taunt, gossip, hit, kick, or put down another person with the intent to hurt another. Bullying happens when a person or group of people want to have power over another and use their power to get their way, at the expense of someone else.
We are open to all to develop the spirit, mind and body. We work together as a team to ensure that campers gain self-confidence, make new friends, and go home with great memories. Unfortunately, persons who are bullied may not have the same potential to get the most out of their camp experience. Our leadership addresses all incidents of bullying seriously and trains staff to promote communication with other staff members and their campers so both staff and campers will be comfortable alerting us to any problems during their camp experience and between camp seasons. Every person has the right to have the best possible experience at camp, and by working together as a team to identify and manage bullying, we can help ensure that all campers and staff have a great summer at our Y camp.
At the Northfield Y Camp programs bullying is not tolerated, and we have a firm policy against all types of bullying. Our camp philosophy is based on our mission statement which ensures that every camper is accepted.
Summer Curriculum on Bullying
This summer, our staff is trained to implement two types of curriculum. The first is from the Education Development Center, Inc. called Eyes on Bullying and is intended to be used for ages K-12. These lessons and activities teach campers:
- To understand the seriousness of bullying
- How to recognize and respond early to behavior that could lead to bullying
- How to prevent bullying
- About bystanders, victims, bullies, and adults
- How to create an environment where bullying behaviors are unacceptable and preventable
The second set of curriculum we are using throughout this summer is in conjunction with Northfield’s Promise Elementary Social, Emotional & Physical Well-Being Action Team initiative. The curriculum is called Play It Fair, developed by Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education. These lessons are packed with games, small group reflection, and activities specifically for ages 6-12. The core values taught include:
- Respect for Diversity
If you or your camper has any concerns or questions about bullying, please contact our Program Director, Alison Haider, at 507-645-0088 or Alison@northfieldymca.org