We believe that "camp" creates a novel and secure learning environment in which campers feel safe to try new skills, think on their feet, see the opposing view, and work well with others.
As a staff member, you are responsible for ensuring that the campers in your care stay safe and healthy. Accidents happen and that’s okay; however, Staff should always remain vigilant to ensure that campers are not subjected to undue risk.
DUTY OF CARE:
As staff members, you have a duty of care for your campers. That means you have a responsibility and legal obligation to avoid actions or omissions that could likely cause harm to the camper. Making sure that you know where campers are at all times, making sure you’re able to intervene quickly if a camper finds themselves in danger, and making sure you take proactive steps to minimize risks are all elements of duty of care.
Taking a proactive approach to supervision means looking for warning signs before a camper is put at risk. Watch-fors at Debate Camp may look like…
A conflict or argument extending beyond the debate round and turning into bullying
Exclusion, cliques, or non-inclusive behaviour from campers
Risky or dangerous behaviour, such as running indoors, failing to cut up food before eating it posing a choking hazard, or playing too rough during an outdoor sports game
Maintain eyes on all campers you are responsible for at all times
Stay off your phone
Be proactive if you need help or are overwhelmed
If an incident occurs and you have to isolate a camper from the rest of the group, make sure another staff member is able to step in to support you
1. What does active supervision look like? What does not not look like?
2. What are important "watch fors" that can prevent an incident?
3. What are some ways you can engage campers during breaks, transitions, and meals while supervising?