As a parent, it’s often the first thing you ask about – Is camp safe?
PHYSICAL CAMP SAFETY, A 24/7 COMMITMENT – YOUR SPECIAL ASSURANCE OF OUR STANDARDS
Beautiful properties with extensive facilities
Equipment, buildings and grounds in top-notch condition
The Camp Director inspects every aspect of Camp daily
Counselors sleep in the same cabins/dorms as the campers
Children are never left alone without supervision
Many mature adults on staff and many former campers
COMMINTMENT TO CARE PROGRAM
No teasing, no name calling or putdowns
Everyone feels safe, cared for and treated with kindness
Everyone is included in all activities with praise just for trying
Before they even arrive, we ask campers to sign this pledge
When kids sign, they promise to do their best to be supportive of others at Camp
Do they occasionally slip up and forget what they pledged? Hey, they’re kids!
But we’re always there to remind them what they promised
Just one thing that makes Camp Shane so unique
T.E.A.M. PROGRAM – HOW WE ESTABLISH A WHOLE NEW STYLE OF GETTING ALONG
Specific activities and rewards to stress “We’re all part of the T.E.A.M.”
Oh, yes, it means “Together Everyone Achieves More”
For some campers – a refreshing new style of getting along with each other
Better than at school, better than in the neighborhood
Feeling and being included creates new levels of self-esteem
Guess what follows? Achievement and weight losses at Camp Shane!
Camper’s Testimonial“This is my..”Breanna B, Marylandread more
“This is my first year here and I love it. On my first week I lost nine pounds and I want to come back.” Breanna B, MarylandThis is my first year here and I love it. On my first week I lost nine pounds and I want to come back. I love making new friends and meeting new people. I learned they don’t care what you look like, they care about who you are, and like you for you.
A kid-sensitive camp beings with a kid-sensitive staff. Shane takes training seriously and we take training way beyond “routine.” On Day 1, our staff is ready to truly make a difference for your camper:
WE HIRE GREAT PEOPLE
Years of experience have shown us how to hire great role models.
WE MAKE THEM EVEN GREATER
Our time-tested training program prepares everyone for your camper by teaching specific, effective tools to positively direct children.
WE LEAD MOST OF THE TRAINING SESSIONS OURSELVES
Staffers feel our “top-down kid commitment” and are impressed with Head Staff skills.
WE ADD PROFESSIONAL TRAINERSSome issues that kids face are complicated, so we bring in the experts – and the process continues all summer long.
OUR INTENSIVE TRAINING TOPICS INCLUDE:
USING POSITVE REINFORCEMENT
We reinforce positive behavior. We do it with loads of smiles, hugs, and pats on the back – whenever desired behavior happens. We replace comments like “Your problem is…” with “Way to go!” and “That’s great!” As a result, our campers respond positively and grow in favorable, appropriate and productive ways.
A child feels loved when he or she knows that someone is listening. We establish tight rapport with our campers by letting them know what they have to say matters. We teach our staff to listen with acceptance and without judgment, so the kids feel understood and accepted. It opens doors to meaningful communication and positive change.
BUILDING CHILDREN’S SENSE OF SELF-WORTH
What others think is so important to the building of self-image. We remove the fears of rejection and humiliation by creating a “safe” environment. We encourage kids to see just how much they really can accomplish, with all the instruction and support it takes to succeed. We show our staff how to prove to campers what is really inside of them.
REACTING POSITIVELY TO NEGATIVE CAMPER BEHAVIOR
Understanding why campers act out helps staff to respond appropriately. Our training focuses on getting beyond that behavior. We teach our counselors to understand the motivation for such negative behavior and to quickly and effectively present alternatives.
What Really Matters
WHAT WE LEARNED FROM HELPING KIDS LOSE WEIGHT SINCE 1968:
How to run a safe and supervised Camp.
How to create a Caring Camp.
How to insure every camper is included in activities.
How to ensure every camper is feels comfortable at Camp.
What to do when a camper has a problem.
How to supervise, motivate and involve staff.
How to guarantee consistently high standards.
The need to insist on consistent and strictly observed standards.
TOOLS WE USE TO MAKE CAMP GREAT
Using positive reinforcement
Listening – really listening – to each child
Building a camper’s sense of self-worth
Dealing effectively with negative behavior by reacting positively
Camper’s Testimonial“My first year as a camper I came here with no confidence…”Lexie W, New Jerseyread more
“My first year as a camper I came here with no confidence or self respect. As the weeks went on I realized how to like myself and be ok with who I am and what I look like.” Lexie W, New Jersey
This is my second year attending camp Shane. My first year as a camper I came here with no confidence or self respect. As the weeks went on I realized how to like myself and be ok with who I am and what I look like. But Camp Shane has given me confidence, self respect, and most importantly the best friends I could ever ask for. I hope you have an amazing experience as well.
Our staff understands how to do it by example, because our camp shane directors are consistently positive role models – day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute.