Camp Information - Barretstown Policies
We need all children and families to adhere to our policies and procedures whilst in Barretstown to ensure that all campers and volunteers have a great time.
Mobile Phone Guidelines
During camp children are not permitted to have their phone with them for a number of reasons including:
- The potential of the phone getting lost
- The potential of the phone getting damaged
- Many phones have the ability to take photographs, videos, and access and upload onto the internet
- Potential danger of having phones causing a distraction in more specialised activities such as horses, high ropes and archery
Where children arrive to camp with their mobiles we will store them in a safe place in our medical centre and return them to children for the journey home.
Children missing home
For many children, coming to Barretstown will be their first time away from home and it is understandable that they may miss their families and friends. We aim to create a warm, comfortable and welcoming environment for children where they can talk to staff about their feelings and seek support to cope with missing home. We also have a number of effective strategies we use with children to help them cope with their feelings whilst remaining engaged in the camp programme. Some examples include sending postcards home, letters home, talking to staff about their feelings, creating a child friendly schedule that highlights the activities they are most looking forward to during their stay. It can also help if the child brings a pillowcase, favourite teddy bear, story book, family picture to camp.
When required, staff will call the parent/guardian for further guidance on how to best support children that are missing home.
We have found from experience, that some parents inform their child prior to coming to camp, that they will collect them straight away if they are missing home. In such circumstances, the child is often keen to move straight to this step and reluctant to engage in some of the effective strategies mentioned. We therefore ask for the parent/guardians support to prepare their child for their stay at camp. Please be assured a member of the camp team will call the child’s parent/guardian for guidance if our usual techniques are not effective.
Barretstown Camper Contract
Campers must comply to the following:
There is no alcohol, illegal drugs or cigarettes allowed on site at Barretstown, at any time.
During family camps we have a designated smoking area for adults only.
Physical violence will not be tolerated. This includes hitting, pushing, pinching, biting etc.
Bullying and other forms of intimidation will not be tolerated. This includes name calling, swearing, and derogatory vocabulary.
In the interest of safety, supporting children to fully engage in the camp programme and develop friendships, mobile phones are not permitted during summer camps. If children arrive to camp with their mobiles, we will store them in a safe place in our medical centre and return them to children for the journey home.
The cottage is a respectful environment, and each camper is expected to respect each other’s’ possessions, personal space, sleeping habits etc.
Staff supervise campers throughout the day, and campers are expected to let staff know of their whereabouts at all times.
Vandalism and destruction of camp property is not permitted.
Failure to abide by this contract can result in not being able to participate in some camp activities, or being asked to leave the programme.
Camper – Staff Communication Policy
At Barretstown, we appreciate that campers and staff develop a unique and trusting relationship during their time at camp. While these relationships are positive during their time at camp, we discourage them from continuing outside of the camp session – including befriending or communicating with campers via social networking sites. Our staff go through an extensive screening, selection and training process, and are supervised during their contract at camp to ensure their behaviour is professional and appropriate at all times. We discourage contact with campers outside of camp as we cannot provide the support and supervision to our staff or take responsibility for the behaviour once their contracts have ended.
As a parent/guardian, we ask that you take responsibility to monitor your child’s contact with other campers, and potentially staff members.