Gan Israel - Making Camp Safe - Prevent Child Abuse

Making Camp Safe - Prevent Child Abuse (1 Hour)

We need to take the fear out of this topic and present clear guidelines to ensure you understand your legal responsibilities as mandated reporters, the rules of appropriate physical contact, camp rules to avoid "yichud" one-on-one interactions, and directions for appropriate staff-camper communication. Protect your campers, and more importantly - yourself. Participants will be able to:

Staff Sexual Assault: Prevention and Intervention

It's 10:30 at night, and you're tired. The campers have been in their bunks for a little less than an hour. The staff is thankfully quiet. All in all, it has been a good day. Just before you leave the camp office, two figures approach. One is your girls' program director; she has her arm wrapped over the shoulder of a female counselor. You can tell that the counselor has been crying.

Child Protection Improvements Act - Passed!

Updated on March 28, 2018

On Friday, March 23, President Trump signed the omnibus spending package, which included provisions for the Child Protection Improvements Act (CPIA). The new law gives camps access to FBI background checks. Learn more.

ACA Standards That Relate to Staff Screening, Supervision, and Training

The health and safety of campers is of utmost importance to the American Camp Association. Because of this, there are several standards that specifically address staff screening, supervision ratios, and topics to be covered during staff training. While there is no “silver bullet” to protect campers from abuse, ACA believes a systematic, multi-prong approach produces the desired outcome of camper protection. The following list is only a partial list of the ACA standards a camp must meet in order to be accredited. 

Top 10 Considerations Suggested if Sexual Abuse Is Alleged Against a Camp Director

An occupational hazard of working with children in any congregate care program including camps could create this unfortunate reality. Given the current issues of allegations against university staff, clerics of all religions, local professional caregivers, and the range of top level personnel, it becomes essential to think through this possibility and be prepared should an allegation surface.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: A Critical Role of Parents

Hypothesis: "The fight against child molesters begins by parents teaching their children."