In general, campers at Steve & Kate’s tend to exhibit less behavioral issues than you would observe in school or other programs because they are more engaged in their activities on account of choosing them themselves. When issues do come up, we try to take into account the overall developmental stages of children. It’s not uncommon for young children to use their hands/feet when they get upset. It’s also not uncommon for older children to use their words in mean/rude ways, as they experiment with peer interactions. We don’t want children to be rude or mean to one another, but we do make an effort to be understanding that those behaviors are a part of growing up.
Each situation will be addressed differently depending on the nature and circumstances of the incident. If there is an incident that is pretty minor (i.e. first time incident, no one seriously hurt), we’ll speak to the children to let them know that sort of behavior is unacceptable. We’ll also connect with their parents to let them know about the incident. If this were to happen repeatedly, we would consider asking a child not to come back. If there is a more serious incident involving any kind of significant injury or if a child poses a risk to himself/herself or others, we would call the parents immediately to have that child picked up and would consider asking them not to come back.
Very rarely does bullying (unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time) occur at camp. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. We take bullying very seriously and involve the parents and children of all parties to have a deeper discussion and take action from there accordingly to keep all campers safe.