Camp Tanner's Policies
Please take some time to read through our policies and make sure your camper is aware of them and will follow them while at camp. These policies are all in place to keep all campers safe, happy and having a great time at camp.
Release of a camper
Campers will not be released to anyone other than the parents/guardians or another approved emergency pick up listed on the child’s registration form. Camper forms will indicate if there is a person of concern to try and pick up that particular child, and extra attention will be given to ensure that person is not picking up that child or given any information about that child. If a parent wishes to have someone else pick up their child they must provide written, signed and dated consent from the parent or guardian stating who will be picking their child up instead. If this is not provided and someone says they are picking up a camper that is not their own, a parent must be reached by phone to ensure this is the case. Campers may also be permitted to be released to CAS drivers if provided with proper documentation showing their approval to be picking the child up.
Policy For Parental Concerns
Parents or Guardians having a concern regarding Camp Tanner policies, practices or program should report that concern to the President of Camp Tanner Inc's Board(Graham Anderson 519-520-1138). The president will deal with the concern, documenting all conversations and information and will report fully to Camp Tanner Inc. and London Conference (The United Church of Canada) if deemed necessary.
Camp Tanner Inc. is committed to ensuring a safe environment. This includes providing an environment free of bullying. Many campers who attend camp are doing so to escape bullying at their schools. Camp Tanner has a no-bullying policy. Each Monday morning, all campers participate in an anti-bullying session led in partnership with the Oxford County OPP at 9:30 AM. Camp Tanner wishes to partner with staff, parents, guardians, and campers to create a safe environment which promotes fun, high self-esteem, and positivity. We hope to hit home the effects of bullying, in order to prevent bullying at camp this summer. Please remind campers that bullying will not be tolerated at Camp Tanner, and could lead to being sent home from camp.
Please note, your child may have a counsellor of a different gender than them (ie. a boy camper with a girl counsellor). If this is the case their will be a staff of the same gender who will be sleeping in the cabin during the night and will be there during changing times. We hired staff this year based on their abilities not their gender to ensure that we have the best possible staff spending time with your campers.
These rules will be reviewed with campers on the first day of camp, however it is a good idea to let your camper know of these rules before coming to camp. All campers must abide by these rules while at camp. Breaking these rules will lead to consequences such as losing privileges, or even being sent home.
1. Respect and obey all staff members.
2. Respect other people’s property and space.
3. Stay within camp boundaries unless accompanied by a staff member.
4. Appropriate language must be used at all times.
5. Campers must participate in camp activities throughout the day.
6. No Bullying! This includes physically harming (pushing, shoving, hitting, throwing stones), verbally insulting (mean names, teasing, put downs), or excluding other campers.
7. No electronics are permitted at camp. This includes: cell phones, i-pods, laptops, tablets, etc.
7. Campers must always ask a staff member when leaving the group (such as to use the washroom), and must go with a buddy.
8. Campers must respect camp property. No vandalism, purposeful destruction or mess making is permitted to any of Camp Tanner’s property including: cabins, washrooms, other buildings, and nature (i.e. Trees, the path, plants, animals, etc.). This includes using the washroom in the washrooms provided not on buildings and other places.
8. Campers must be quiet after lights out at night and must go to sleep when asked to by staff members.
9. Participate in cleaning activities such as cabin clean-up, gopher duties, and camp clean up.
10. Food or drink is not permitted in the cabins. Staff members will collect any food and store it until an appropriate time.
11. Campers must wear appropriate camp wear. This includes:
● Hats must be worn during the day (Wake up until evening game)
● Must have closed toed shoes (no sandals, but crocs or more open shoes with a toe are acceptable)
● Tank-tops need straps at least 2 fingers thick. Tops without straps are not acceptable
● Pants need to be pulled up. Underwear should not be showing
● Bathing suits must be one-piece or tankinies (bellies should not be exposed). If you have a two-piece swim suit you will be asked to wear a solid coloured shirt over it.
● Pants and long sleeved shirts must be worn to campfire
● No PJ’s at campfire
● No bathing suits or hats are to be worn in the dining hall during meals
If a camper fails to adhere to the camper standards of conduct and camper rules outlined above, he/she will be dismissed. Depending on the severity of the incident, a verbal warning may be issued by the Counsellors. If rules and behavioural expectations continue to be a concern, the Camper Director and/or Camp Director will be contacted a written warning will be given to the child and documented for our records. Continued problems with rule breaking will result in a third strike and parents will be contacted. All campers who are dismissed will have a camper dismissal form completed and signed by the parent. Any camper sent home due to breaking of rules may not be eligible for consideration as a camper in the future.