Behavior Guidelines & Discipline

Bullying Policy

At YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, bullying is inexcusable, and we have a firm policy against all types of bullying. Each camper is expected to treat all other campers with respect, and to help each other achieve the best possible experience. If a camper has difficulty meeting this expectation, parents may be called upon to assist

Our leadership addresses all incidents of bullying seriously and trains staff to promote communication with their staff and their campers. We work together as a team to ensure that campers gain self-confidence, make new friends, and go home with their camp experience.

Code of Conduct

Please read our behavior policy with your camper before camp.

We expect campers to act respectfully at all times when they are on our property or participating in our programs. Campers are to behave in a mature, responsible way and respect the rights and dignity of others.

Actions will reflect the YMCA Four Core Values:

  • Caring
  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

Be nice:

  • Include everyone
  • Do your chores
  • Leave other people’s stuff alone
  • Listen to Counselors

Use kind words:

  • No name calling, teasing, or put downs
  • No swearing
  • No gossip

Gentle touches:

  • No hitting

Behavior Policy Violations

Level 1: Arguing, swearing, refusing to listen, being inappropriate, personal space issues.

First incident occurs:

  • Immediate consequence: time out, removal from activity or loss of privileges, followed by debrief.

Second incident occurs:

  • Immediate consequence: time out, removal from activity or loss of privileges, followed by debrief.
  • Meeting with Unit Leader and Summer Director. Brainstorm possible solutions.
  • Phone call home to update parents to work on solutions together.

Third incident occurs:

  • Immediate consequences: time out, removal from activity or loss of privileges, followed by debrief.
  • Phone call home by Summer Camp Director and likely removal from camp.

Level 2: Violence (i.e. hurting others, self or property); stealing or threatening violence. 

First incident occurs:

  • Meeting with Unit Leader and Summer Camp Director to brainstorm possible solutions.
  • Phone call home to parents/guardians and to work on solutions.
  • Consequence and behavior contract or removal from camp.

There will be no fee adjustment or refunds for removal from camp for behavior reasons.