Camp-Specific Resources - Universal Camp Staff Handbook 2023

For Culturally Competent, Mentally Healthy, & Trauma-Informed Summer Camps

LEAD’s Universal Camp Staff Handbook is designed as a digital toolkit for camp professionals to download, adapt, and customize for their staff and community. This digital product challenges handbook norms and encourages camps to reflect on the purpose of each policy and guideline, as well as the consequences of exclusive and outdated policies within the industry.

LEAD’s Universal Camp Staff Handbook features trauma-informed, culturally competent, and anti-racist commentary on sections typically found in a camp staff handbook. LEAD’s recommended policies and best practices are informed by and based on our inclusive LEAD and Guest Contributor lenses to utilize in your distinctive community.

A full list of the Universal Camp Staff Handbook's Primary Authors & Guest Contributors, responsible for 600+ hours of policy evaluation, consolidation, and best practice incorporation, can be found here.


Table of Contents of "Camp-Specific Resources"

  1. Intro to LEAD’s Universal Camp Staff Handbook
    1. How to Use This Toolkit
  2. Camp-Specific Resources
    1. Opening Letter From Director
    2. Land Acknowledgement
    3. Program Mission and Goals
    4. Camp Traditions
    5. Camp Songs
    6. Camp Lingo
    7. Steps Prior to Camp
  3. Employment-Related
    1. Email Communication
    2. Compensation & Pay Transparency
    3. Photographs (Consent)
    4. Passports for International Staff & Campers
  4. Logistic-Related
    1. Daily Camp Schedule & Sample First Day Schedule
    2. Site Orientation & Set Up Days & Information
    3. Arrival Instructions
    4. General Camp Info
    5. Drop Off & Pick Up Protocol
    6. Mailing Policies (Letters & Packages)
  5. Housing-Related
    1. Bunking Procedures
    2. Laundry Policy
  6. Appendix
    1. Sample Medical Forms
    2. References

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