Summer Camp


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  

cowgirl camps!

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  

expectations.

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!

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About yorkshiremummy

Born and Raised in Yorkshire, Now at Large in North America. Working Wife and Mum of 2. Occasionally sarcastic, Often inappropriate, but always real! Having snorkeled with sharks in the Maldives, ridden an Elephant in Sri Lanka, swum in an underground river in Mexico and played with Lion cubs in South Africa, currently enjoying the crazy adventure of motherhood!
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