Anonymous asked: We're not allowed to friend campers, and we pretty much try to avoid even telling them our last names. As far as photos, we're allowed to be in photos as long as our photographer/the parents/a camp director is taking the pictures. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that my camp works with a younger age range (5-12).
At my camp, it’s absolutely forbidden to be friends with campers/CITs on Facebook, which is hard sometimes, because as a young, new staff member, some of my friends I’ve been going to camp with for years are still campers and there’s serious pressure from the admin staff to remove them and not have communication during the offseason. We have to use less public methods if we want to talk.- another anon.
In regards to media policy, my camp doesn’t really have one, but the camp i work at is only for high school students, so the age difference is usually going to be smaller. If a camper friends me, I accept, and I only friend campers if I was close to them or if i know they won’t be a camper the next summer. Many of us were also participants (what we call campers at my camp) with current participants, so its a little different.
We have a pretty strict media policy. Don’t upload photos of campers. Social Networking Sites are more difficult. For high school aged volunteers, we are not to really have “relationships” with them outside of camp. You may add them, but only on a limited status. For campers, discretion is best. Only add older campers. Only add on limited views. Best yet, don’t add them. But It’s up to each staff member. All posts MUST be considered camp appropriate, even if you don’t have friends as campers.
Our camp operates on an honor system — we are allowed to friend campers or let them friend us, but are expected to use extreme discretion and if something is brought to the camp as a concern we lose the privilege. Most of the staff take advantage of the limited profile settings — I personally do not friend campers, but if they find me I accept and put them on limited view. The same goes for pictures, although we are expected to keep those on private if campers are in them.