SFU Camp Rules

Please read our camp rules and behaviour policy with your child before the start of camp. We strive to ensure that all participants leave camp each day with a smile, new friendships, and having learned something new. We will achieve this by choosing to BE FAIR, to BE SAFE, and to BE KIND when we are on campus or participating at any of our programs (ie. on campus, off campus, field trips):

Be Fair

We will act honestly and responsibly, and consider how our actions and words affect others, property, and the environment.

Be Safe

We will respect ourselves, each other, staff and volunteers, camp equipment, bus drivers, the public, and the environment to prevent accidents, injuries, damage, and hurt feelings.

Be Kind

We will show care for others, property, and the environment; use polite and respectful language (ie. including body language), and will include others in our conversations and activities.

SFU Camps Behaviour Policy

If a camp participant has difficulty following our camp rules, staff and administrators will utilize escalating responses, which are intended to be consistent, preventative, fair, and restorative. These responses include:

  • Staff will coach participants by using redirection, positive reinforcement, reminders of camp rules, etc.
  • Staff will collaborate with or ask for suggestions from parents / caregivers.
  • The participant may be asked to complete a Behaviour Reflection, in which they will be asked to reflect on how they can respond differently in the future. Staff will share this reflection with parents / caregivers.
  • The participant will collaborate with staff to create a Behaviour Contract, in which logical, fair, and agreed upon consequences will be listed in response to behaviour that breaks camp rules. Staff will share this contract with parents / caregivers and ask for feedback.
  • If a participant is unable to correct or change their behaviour and show fair, safe, and kind actions, Camp Administrators may suggest that the participane be removed from the program, including future programs. In this case, a conference may be called between Camp Administrators and parents / caregivers to discuss the next steps that will be taken.

SFU Camps Bullying Policy

Bullying is any type of unwanted physical, verbal, social, or psychological behaviour that results in humilitation or intimidation, while cyber bullying is bullying electronically. In order to be considered bullying, the behaviour must include an imbalance of power and be repeated over time 1. Some common examples of bullying include 2:

  • Physical Bullying: Hitting, poking, pinching, chasing, shoving, destryong or stealing belongings, etc.
  • Verbal Bullying: Name calling, spreading rumours, threatening, making negative references about someone, etc.
  • Social Bullying: Scapegoating, excluding others, humiliating others, etc.
  • Cyber Bullying: Using the internet, apps, or text messages to intimidate, put down, spread rumours, or make fun of someone, etc.

At SFU Camps, bullying is inexcusable. All camp participants, staff, and volunteers are expected to treat one another with respect. When an incident of bullying is reported:

  • The participant displaying unacceptable behaviour will be asked to genuinely apologize, as appropriate to the participant's age and level of understanding.
  • SFU Camps will provide participants and staff with problem solving and anti-bullying strategies, and facilitate ongoing support to ensure participant safety.
  • Staff will monitor and document ongoing behaviour. Staff will provide feedback to parents / caregivers and camp administrators. 
  • Parents / Caregivers will be notified about bullying situations in which their child has been involved as the target, witness, or bully.
  • SFU Camps values our partnership with parents / caregivers. As such, SFU Camps may ask parents / caregivers for support or suggestions if a participant is continually demonstrating unacceptable behaviour towards others.
  • In serious cases, Camp Administrators may suggest that the participane be removed from the program, including future programs. In this case, a conference may be called between Camp Administrators and parents / caregivers to discuss the next steps that will be taken.

Stop Bullying. (2017) Bullying Definition. Retrieved from https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/definition/index.html

2 Bullying Canada. (2017). What is Bullying? Retrieved from https://www.bullyingcanada.ca/what-is-bullying

SFU Camps Nut Policy

At SFU Camps, we are aware that many camp participants have food and nut allergies. SFU Camps is committed to providing a safe environment that is inclusive of all children and youth, which is why our programs are nut aware. We do not describe our programs as being nut free as we cannot guarantee that other camp participants or the public have brought nuts or traces of nuts into our facilities. To ensure participants' safety:

  • SFU Camps asks that parents and caregivers exercise care when preparing their child(ren)'s lunches and snacks and to carefully check labels to avoid sending products that contain nuts or traces of nuts. 
  • SFU Camps has a no sharing policy, which means that participants are strongly discouraged from sharing or trading snacks and lunches with other participants, volunteers, or staff. 
  • SFU Camps staff members are trained in Standard First Aid and CPR-C and are trained to recognize the symptoms of an allergic reaction, and if necessary, administer EpiPens. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, or should you child have food allergies and you wish to speak with us, please do not hesitate to contact us at camps@sfu.ca or (778) 782-4965.