We are committed to creating a safe, nurturing and inclusive learning environment. Campers are inspired through meaningful and enriching experiences in all facets of arts and culture. We aim to provide a positive camp climate where all members of our community – campers, staff, volunteers, guardians and visitors alike – feel physically and emotionally safe, included and accepted.
Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, every person has a right to equal treatment concerning services, goods and facilities, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability. We recognize that inappropriate and unacceptable behavior towards another community member requires a serious response, as informed by the Harbourfront Centre Camper Behaviour Policy below.
With this commitment, the following Code of Conduct is expected of all of our community members (campers, staff, volunteers, guardians, visitors, etc.) at all times. All members of the Harbourfront Centre Camps community shall:
- Respect yourself. Members are expected, per their age, to take appropriate care of themselves (follow Health and Safety policies and procedures, practice self-care and self-advocacy and participate to the fullness of their capabilities and comfort levels).
- Respect the community. Harbourfont Centre has a 10-acre site nestled along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario. All community members shall treat Harbourfront Centre property, Lake Ontario and the property of others with care. All members will work together and contribute to the well-being (physical, emotional, mental, environmental, social, etc.) of others to create a positive camp community.
- Respect others. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are promoted through a positive display of respect of all persons in speech, action and behaviour, absent of violence, harassment, racism, intimidation and discrimination of any kind.
Camper Behaviour Policy
At Harbourfront Centre Camps, new experiences, learning opportunities and safe space are essential to develop critical life skills. As such, we expect all Harbourfront Centre Camps community members to demonstrate sportsmanship, co-operation, respect for others and instruction. Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct may result in removal from Harbourfront Centre Camps. Should an incident arise, the camp staff reserve the right to take appropriate corrective action.
In the case of minor incidents, the camper will be addressed at the time of the incident by their Counsellor/Instructor and/or Facilitator/Head Instructor.
In the case of moderate incidents, like repeatedly refusing to cooperate with camp staff or other campers, or deliberately disruptive behaviour, the camper may be removed from the group and will discuss the incident with a member of the senior staff team. A parent/guardian will be contacted and informed of the incident. Senior staff may recommend creating a Camper Behaviour Plan with the parent/guardian(s) in order to help better integrate a camper into the camp community and manage their behavior.
In the case of serious incidents, like inappropriate physical behaviour, possession of alcohol and/or illegal drugs, being under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs, vandalism or theft of property, verbal/physical abuse, bullying/harassment, racism, discrimination or jeopardizing the safety and well-being of other campers, the camper will discuss their behaviour with a Supervisor and/or Assistant Manager/Senior Manager. A parent/guardian will be contacted and informed of the incident immediately. The camper may be placed on a Camper Behaviour Plan or suspended depending on the severity of the incident.
Campers may be suspended for a period ranging from one camp day to the duration of the entire camp season. Campers are not permitted to participate in camp activities or events while on suspension. Suspensions are determined by the Senior Manager and/or Assistant Manager. Depending on an incident’s severity and/or occurrence(s), the camper may be temporarily or permanently suspended from the program without a refund.