This feature of accountability is a key component to the success of our camps. We love watching campers increase in confidence and emotional intelligence as they rise to meet the expectations they’ve created for themselves – as they hold themselves accountable to the group’s agreement. They are also encouraged, through modeling and guidance from staff, to hold their fellow campers to this same high mark. We often overhear campers saying things to their peers such as, “We learn names here because it makes people feel included,” and “No name calling – remember, we agreed on that!” It is so awesome when the campers are armed with the ability to stand up for themselves and each other in healthy, productive ways.
The Full Value Contract is important to applying our overall philosophy because it virtually eliminates the need for “disciplinary action” or negative consequences. Our counselors are trained to immediately recognize the behaviors that we want to see from the kids and praise them for this.