One of the unique and wonderful things about Beyond Akeela is the type of campers and families that choose Akeela as their summer home. We pride ourselves on being a warm, open and accepting camp community. We love that our campers are so welcoming to new campers. Our goal is to maintain this culture as our camp family evolves from year to year.
Of course, whenever people live and travel together, some interpersonal issues will arise. We train our staff to recognize and effectively deal with any inappropriate behaviors in order to maintain an emotionally safe environment where every camper can experience camp life to the fullest. We quickly and directly address any incidents of meanness, excluding or bullying so that our campers and their families know this type of behavior is unacceptable at Akeela.
As you know, most – if not all – of our campers have been on the receiving end of bullying behaviors at school or other youth programs. At Beyond Akeela, things are different; campers and staff feel truly accepted and embraced by their peers. We feel strongly that every camper must be protected from behaviors that disrupt their ability to have a successful summer in a safe environment.
Any behavior deemed by the Beyond Akeela Director to be inappropriate and/or unmanageable may result in any or all of the following:
- Meeting directly with the Beyond Akeela Director to discuss behavior
- A telephone call home to the parent/guardian to discuss behavior
- Missing out on activities
- Dismissal from the Beyond Akeela program
We are asking all teens and parents/guardians to sign the following Camper Code of Conduct. It is one of the forms you’ll find in our online forms dashboard.
As a Beyond Akeela Camper I will:
- Show respect to other Campers, and treat them as well as I would like to be treated.
- Respect the rights and beliefs of others, and treat others with courtesy and consideration.
- Recognize my responsibility in maintaining a safe space for all community members. I will do this by respecting
the physical and emotional boundaries of each individual.
- Communicate in an appropriate manner, which means I must not use foul language or gestures, harsh words
or harsh tone of voice.
- Communicate directly with another camper if a problem arises, rather than talking to others and spreading
- Conduct myself responsibly. I understand that unwelcome teasing or other unkind behaviors are not allowed.
- Refrain from deliberately causing bodily harm to others. I understand that pushing, kicking, hitting or fighting
are not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
- Respect the property of others; which includes not stealing, damaging property, making graffiti or vandalism.
- Be fully responsible for my actions and understand that irresponsible behavior will result in disciplinary action
or dismissal from camp.
- Know and follow the rules of camp.
- Let an adult know if someone is teasing or bullying me. (Reporting is confidential)
- Let an adult know if I witness someone else being bullied. (Reporting is confidential)
Family Handbook Table of Contents
- About Beyond Akeela
- Camp Forms
- Camper Travel and Luggage
- Packing List & Purchasing Camp Clothing
- Laundry, Electronics Policy, and Spending Money
- Communication: E-mail, Phone Calls & Parent Communication
- Health Care: Medications, Health Communication, Medical Charges, Other Health Concerns
- Success at Beyond Akeela
- Camper Code of Conduct
Important Note for 2021
One of the reasons we have made this Handbook available on our website, rather than sending it by snail mail, is that we anticipate making changes well into the spring, as we learn more about how COVID-19 will affect how we operate this summer. To be clear, camp is opening and we are ready to keep our campers and staff healthy and safe in any scenario. However, current conditions, as well as guidance from health professionals and the State of New Hampshire, might affect some of our planned activities, travel opportunities, policies, etc.