Sending your kids to camp is BIG in North America! There are focussed
camps from everything from Mathematics to outdoor adventures!
I have friends that have tried religious camps, animal camps, even
We have a nature conservation area close to our house and there is a
camp on the outskirts of the grounds. I’ve always thought it looked
awesome as I see the groups of happy faces peering out of the big
yellow school bus with Summer Camp emblazoned. That was until recently
where I have read several articles about our local camp and some of
the activities that reportedly went on this summer!
A group of Mothers have reported that their twelve year old daughters
were asked to behave inappropriately by the male camp counsellors.
Some of the things they were allegedly asked to do were:
Suck the toe of their counsellor
Lick the arm pit of their counsellor
Do body shots with spit
And pole dance in their underwear
Understandably the Mothers are outraged! Some might think these are
all harmless chilish pranks. A kind of truth or dare situation but the
bottom line is that people in a position of authority took advantage
and acted inappropriately with minors in their care!
The Mothers are calling for said counsellors to be immediately fired!
The one thing I want to know is, while I would never condone this kind
of behaviour. How old were these volunteer counsellors? What kind of
training or support are they given? Surely it can’t just fall on them.
The organizers have to take some accountability for the expectations
set and how their staff perform their duties relative to those
That being said I am horrified to hear suggestions of inappropriately
behaviour with 12 yr olds right on my door step and when my girls are
old enough to go to camp it will make me seriously think twice!