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Anti-Bullying Tenets Enhance Summer Fun

Summer camp counselor and children with catamaranMany summer camps have taken steps to prevent bullying, reflecting mainstream trends. Attendees at Camp Dark Waters, a Medford, New Jersey, residential camp for ages 7 through 16 founded on Quaker principles, are asked to abide by a list of Anti-Bullying Campers’ Rights:

I have the right to be happy and to be treated with kindness. No one will laugh at me, ignore me or hurt my feelings.

I have the right to be myself. No one will treat me unfairly because I am fat or thin, fast or slow, strong or weak, boy or girl. I am different because I am myself.

I have the right to be safe. No one will hit, kick, push or pinch me. I will be free from physical threats.

I have the right to hear and be heard. No one will yell, scream or shout and my opinions and desires will be considered in any plans we make.

I have the right to learn about myself. I will be free to express my feelings and opinions without being interrupted or punished.

Bullying campers are warned, and if they fail to honor these rights, they’ll be sent home.

Source: MetroKids.com

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