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Outdoor Ed 2012 WithMayfield WoodsMiddle School Bonnie Branch Middle School October22-26, 2012
HCPSS VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENT • All volunteers for field trips MUST be trained regarding the Child Abuse and Neglect Policy in order to attend.
OUTCOMES • PARTICIPANTS WILL: • Know how widespread the problem of child abuse is in Howard County • Know the definitions of child abuse and neglect • Know what the reporting process is and who has responsibility for making a report
ABUSE PHYSICAL, SEXUAL OR MENTAL INJURY OF A CHILD OR VULNERABLE ADULT BY A PARENT, GUARDIAN, CARETAKER OR SCHOOL SYSTEM EMPLOYEE
PHYSICAL ABUSE … INFLICTING PHYSICAL INJURY BY: • HITTING • PUNCHING • BEATING • KICKING • THROWING • BITING • BURNING … OR OTHERWISE PHYSICALLY HARMING A CHILD
NEGLECT …the leaving of a child or vulnerable adult unattended or other failure to give proper care and attention to a child or vulnerable adult by a parent, guardian or caretaker.
NEGLECT • ABANDONMENT • LACK OF SUPERVISION • NUTRITIONAL NEGLECT • SHELTER NEGLECT • MEDICAL AND DENTAL • EDUCATIONAL • INAPPROPRIATE OR INSUFFICIENT CLOTHING
MENTAL INJURY The observable, identifiable and substantial impairment of a child’s or vulnerable adult’s mental or psychological ability to function.
MENTAL INJURY • CONSTANT CRITICISM • BELITTLING • INSULTING • REJECTING • TEASING
SEXUAL ABUSE …any act that involves sexual molestation or exploitation of a child by a parent, guardian or caretaker.
Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect • Call Child Protective Services as soon as possible • Follow up with written report within 48 hours • Tell administrator and child abuse liaison that a report was filed • Do not place copy of report in student educational record
CABIN INFO 8 or 9 students in your cabin. Each cabin has 5 bunk beds, 2 toilets, and two showers. Cabins are heated and air conditioned. Quiet hours from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Groups will clean cabin before departure, picking up trash, sweeping floors, wiping down the bathroom,and carrying linens out. NorthBay counselors and housekeeping staff will inspect on Friday .
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW? Be enthusiastic – set a great example. Go with NorthBay’s philosophy “Challenge by Choice” Cabins travel together at all times. You are attached to your cabin and encouraged to participate and support the NB staff.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW? No males in female cabins and no females in male cabins. Moms of boys & dads of girls. If you need help, ask any NorthBay or BBMS staff member. Also, there are call boxes around camp. Sick kids can be taken directly to Wellness Center.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW? If students have cell phones, please lock them up in the safe. They can only use them at night to call home. Wellness center is staffed 24 hours a day by nurses and EMTs.
Parent Chaperone Evening Role 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. NB staff and BBMS staff are not supervising the students. BBMS parents are. Your cabin will be assigned where to go based on color of wristband. Move your kids from Activity A to Activity B and supervise them the entire time. Line your kids up for dinner at 6 p.m.
Parent Chaperone Evening Role For the evening program, watch and participate. Sit with the kids and help with crowd control. Afterwards get your kids back to the cabin. There, you or a NB staff member will lead a discussion reflecting on the day’s events and lessons. Supervise kids while in cabin.
Parent Chaperone Evening Role A counselor will be in your cabin or the one next door. They run “Cabin Time”. If there is no counselor in your cabin you can combine with the cabin next door.
IMPORTANT At all times know where all of your cabin kids are. Travel as a group. No one is ever alone and no adult is alone with a child.
IMPORTANT You will be given a schedule when you get there. It is small, so bring your reading glasses and a highlighter. You may want to bring a small, string backpack and a pen & highlighter with you. If it is a wet week, a page protector will help.
Chow Time Five minutes before each meal a horn will sound, alerting all campers to line up. If a child in your cabin has special dietary needs, they can go into the kitchen and speak to the chef directly. One person from a table goes into kitchen at a time. BBMS chaperones sit together. You do not need to sit with the kids.
Chow Time • Periodically during meals, please circulate around the cafeteria and make sure all kids are behaving appropriately. • Before meal, no one touches food until given the okay by NorthBay. • During meals, no one is being gross, or selfish, or messy. • After meals, kids are composting correctly. • The entire time, no one is speaking when NorthBay asks for quiet!
STILL LEARNING! • Food 101This is a class every cabin will be assigned once. • Students set up dining hall and clean it.
STILL LEARNING! • During this class students will learn about • service to others • food waste • composting • recycling, as they trace a food item from seed to the dinner table… and beyond
GOOD TO KNOW We’ll be outside 75% of the time, regardless of the weather. Coats, boots, etc. recommended. Feet will get wet in many activities. Extra shoes and socks are a plus.
GOOD TO KNOW Be a parent to all the kids… pillow treats, bubbles, bling rings, cell phone usage, bandanas, etc… Sheets, pillow, and sleeping bags are provided by NorthBay.
Parent Orientation @ NorthBay Right after lunch the first day, parents are given an orientation. • You’ll get • Your room key • Your schedule (bring a clip board or folder or page protector) • Safe combination
Parent Orientation @ NorthBay Then you’ll be given time to put your luggage in your cabin before the kids and time to tour the camp. • And you’ll learn • Camp rules and procedures • Chaperone expectations
From campers to parents “I loved the silly nicknames you gave each of us.” “Even though your own son was there, you treated us all like sons. Thanks for the advice.” “You sent pictures of me having fun at camp to my parents.” “Thanks for constructing a changing room for us with blankets and an extra mattress.”